PIXAR's early ads (partially found CGI animated commercials; 1989-1998)


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Pixar's early TV commercials
Kellogg's All-Bran - Cello (1993) - Taken from an old version of Pixar's website.
Kellogg's All-Bran - Cello (1993) - Taken from an old version of Pixar's website.
Status Partially Found
All the PIXAR commercials found so far compiled into a single video.

To give the company funding and to build up their company, as well as give itself practice towards their animation and skills and to build up a production team for future projects, PIXAR put their focus towards commercials in the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s for a better start for their company (as do many animators and animation companies starting out or continuing in the field of animation) at the decision of Steve Jobs after the company had been losing a lot of money for years, by opening up their commercial division in 1989.

These commercials would gradually help the company become stand alone and lead them to work their way to making a fully CGI-animated movie. The commercial brands, like Tropicana, Listerine and Lifesavers, were impressed by PIXAR's shorts so much that they came to them to propose the idea of them making CGI commercials for their brands. And these commercials were different in that PIXAR would only produce the ads if they could be part of the creative development on them, where as most animated adverts would only have the animation company just make the animation. And thus, PIXAR was given much more creative freedom, in advertising and in general. And as mentioned before, a lot of notable PIXAR alumni worked on these in animation or directing, from John Lasseter to Pete Doctor to even Henry Selick, with the same couple people working in the producing and technical directing department. And the success surely showed as PIXAR gained $2 million per year from these while continually getting exposure to the mainstream public.

The commercial division was officially closed on July 8th, 1996; shortly after the success of Toy Story. However, they did still make some commercials for McDonald's coinciding with the releases of A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2 in 1998 and 2000 respectively, and of course the company continues to make commercials with their characters to this day. And despite all of this only some of the commercials have made their way to the internet in recent years, and even though they have mentioned and have shown clips of the commercials in documentaries (The Pixar Story & Pixar Shorts: A Short History) they have yet to properly re-release the commercials in a current format. There lies hope that PIXAR may release these on one of their "PIXAR Shorts" DVDs. But until something like that happens, we have to rely on personal VHS recordings for the old ads, with quite possibly not every single last one intact.

All of the original 79 PIXAR commercials made by the commercial division are listed on pixartalk.com.[1] A playlist of 28 of them (including alternate versions of some) can be found on YouTube[2] and two more can be found on Retro Junk,[3] which currently leaves 49 out of 79 ads still unfound or unknown as to their whereabouts to these areas. Notably, some of the PIXAR commercials, including unresurfaced ones, can be briefly spotted in Toy Story 2 while the toys are flicking through the channels on Andy's TV, as well as some PIXAR shorts.

UPDATE 15 Nov' 2014: One of the Twizzler ads had been found! Expect a proper compilation video of the found ads sometime soon!

List of lost PIXAR ads

Toppan Printing – “Dance of the Waterlilies” (1989)

Toppan Printing – “Galaxy” (1990)

Fleischmann’s Eggbeaters – “Cracks” (1991) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=S2MCfwTo68o]

Cellular One – “Moving Target” (1991)

Tropicana – “Warehouse” (1991) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=CDl8Cjg5AxU]

Tropicana – “Orange Kiwi Passion” (1991)

Tropicana – “Three Fruits Dancing” (1991)

Volkswagon Polo – “Interview” (1992) [FOUND: http://www.ina.fr//video/PUB3774383091]

Tetra Pak – “Daydream” (1992) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=AfAn7LBgCbw]

Kellogg’s All-Bran – “Balloon” (1992)

Kellogg’s All-Bran – “Hourglass” (1992)

IncrediBites – “Chomp Chomp” (1992)

La Poste – “Ladybug” (1992) [FOUND: ina.fr/video/PUB3774399021]

Bunn Coffee Makers – “In the Mood” (1992)

Kellogg’s All-Bran – “Cello” (1993)

Kellogg’s All-Bran – “Sprinkler” (1993)

Bank South – “Hungry” (1993)

Tetra Pak – “Stranded” (1993)

Carefree – “Bursting” (1993) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=4i11HAc83_Q]

Fresca – “Chuckling Straws” (1993)

Jordan Magic Toothbrush – “Launching Magic” (1993)

Dow Corning – “Ideas at Work” (1993)

Bank South – “Chase” (1993)

Coca-Cola – “Kaleidoscope” (1994)

Arm & Hammer – “About to Uncover” (1994) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=n4zAwawEXRk]

Arm & Hammer – “Here, There and Everywhere” (1994)

Nutri-Grain – “We’ve Got Taste” (1994) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=eQVOaD7OjpY]

Boston Chicken – “Fresh Salad” (1994)

Prime Option Credit Card – “Shaping Up Nicely” (1994)

Prime Option Credit Card – “Strong Option” (1994)

Paramount – “Logo” (1994)

Chips Ahoy – “Circus” (1995)

Ortho – “Flamingo” (1995) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=s6ojruO-z8s]

Hershey’s – “Amazin’ Straws” (1995)

Coca-Cola – “Learning Lesson” (1995)

Tower Records – “Christmas Conga” (1995) [FOUND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q32OWk-EgQ]

Sun Microsystems – “Magic Desktop” (1996)

Hallmark – “Magnets” (1996) [FOUND: youtube.com/watch?v=kK3K7SLGzFg]

Twizzlers – “Let Me In” (1996)

McDonald’s – A Bug’s Life – “Belt Loop” (1998) (There are two, "Belt Loop 1" and "Belt Loop 2", but we don't know which one is the found one)

McDonald’s – A Bug’s Life – “Nothing Good on TV Jr.” (1998) (Director: Doug Sweetland, Producer: Karen Dufilho) (Presumably not the version with a different audio track present in the compiled video)

McDonald’s – A Bug’s Life – “Watches” (1998) (Director: Bob Koch, Producer: Karen Dufilho)

Toy Story 2 ads

While the characters are flipping through the TV channels in PIXAR's Toy Story 2, some PIXAR commercials, as well as PIXAR short films, can be seen as an in-joke. Whether the following screencaps of this scene all include PIXAR commercials or not is unknown.

A Tetra Pak commercial, presumably "Stranded".
A Tetra Pak commercial, presumably "Stranded".
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References

  1. pixartalk.com page on PIXAR's commercials. Retrieved 15 Sep '13.
  2. YouTube playlist containing 28 PIXAR produced commercials. Retrieved 15 Sep '13.
  3. Retro Junk upload of two PIXAR produced McDonalds commercials. Retrieved 15 Sep '13.

Comments


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Stanmgk

12 months ago
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"Paramount – “Logo” (1994)"

If you are really talking about their 1994 logo, it wasn't made by PIXAR. I was made by the Flip Your Lid Animation Studio, the same that made the 1994 20th Century Fox logo and the CG Universal Pictures logo.
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Stanmgk

12 months ago
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Someone actually found an old PIXAR Marketing Tape. It has the Le Nouvelle Polo ad in it and some pretty interesting things.

http://carto...o-from-1990/
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TPJ

12 months ago
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According to the Made in Point Richmond DVD, the PIXAR Paramount logo is apparently "missing from the ???":

http://oym-m...int-richmond
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Anonymous user #2

19 days ago
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I did some REALLY good looking at that pamphlet and I think it says "Missing from the vault".
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Maximillion93

9 months ago
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Here's "Shake It"!

https://youtu.be/2MxBGupwI2c
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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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is the levi pinheads thing lost? i thought i saw it on here at one point...
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Sharked98

6 months ago
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"Mission" has been FOUND!

https://www....=7q1M3Hx0PRA
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TPJ

5 months ago
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Aw hell yeah!
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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I just found "Cracks", "Warehouse", "Magic Desktop" and "Flamingo" as well as a different variant of "Look at Me".
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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"Cracks" (youtube.com/watch?v=S2MCfwTo68o) "Warehouse" (youtube.com/watch?v=CDI8Cjg5AxU) "Magic Desktop" (youtube.com/watch?v=WJYJp4O8BTs) "Flamingo" (youtube.com/watch?v=uohfaYxAJfs) "Look At Me" (youtube.com/watch?v=s6ojruO-z8s)
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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"Magnets" has been FOUND!

youtube.com/watch?v=kK3K7SLGzFg
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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  • Geez, how many commercials am I gonna find in one month* "Bursting" has been FOUND! youtube.com/watch?v=4i11HAc83_Q
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Here's "About to Uncover" youtube.com/watch?v=n4zAwawEXRk
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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"Daydream" youtube.com/watch?v=AfAn7LBgCbw
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Anonymous user #2

29 days ago
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"Ladybug" (ina.fr/video/PUB3774399021) and ""We've Got Taste" (youtube.com/watch?v=eQVOaD7OjpY)
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Anonymous user #2

28 days ago
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Don't forget that I also found "Magic Desktop", which I put a link to.
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Anonymous user #2

28 days ago
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Sorry, the link for "About to Uncover" is dead. Here's the real link: youtube.com/watch?v=ls2ThuSwN8M
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Anonymous user #2

28 days ago
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You also got the "Flamingo" link wrong. That was the alternate version of a Twizzlers ad I also found. This is the real link for "Flamingo": youtube.com/watch?v=uohfaYxAJfs
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Anonymous user #2

28 days ago
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I just noticed the "Warehouse" link is dead, so here's the real link: youtube.com/watch?v=CDl8Cjg5AxU
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Anonymous user #3

27 days ago
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Still dead
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Anonymous user #2

26 days ago
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These people take a long time to update this page, so it should be up soon.
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Anonymous user #2

26 days ago
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Link is back up
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Anonymous user #2

26 days ago
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Just found "Interview". ina.fr/video/PUB3774383091
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Anonymous user #4

22 days ago
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(OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH!) "Christmas Conga" has been officially FOUND! youtube.com/watch?v=-q32OWk-EgQ
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Anonymous user #2

22 days ago
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Really!?! Hope the authors of this page update it.
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Kobochat

22 days ago
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Nothing is stopping you guys from creating an account and updating the page on your own
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Anonymous user #4

22 days ago
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But I don't know how to.
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Anonymous user #4

22 days ago
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And also, my parents probably wouldn't allow me to.
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Anonymous user #2

21 days ago
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Same.
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Anonymous user #4

22 days ago
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But I don't know how to.
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Anonymous user #4

22 days ago
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Here's "Chuckling Straws" youtube.com/watch?v=Qhac_fGKqFs
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TPJ

20 days ago
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Thanks for alerting me about the new finds! I've recently made a thread about a DVD containing most of the ads:

http://forum...crollTo=9544
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Anonymous user #2

20 days ago
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No prob, Bob.
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Anonymous user #2

20 days ago
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Oh, that DVD. WHY WON'T THEY UPLOAD IT ALL!??!
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Anonymous user #2

20 days ago
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You should put in your playlist "Flamingo" (youtube.com/watch?v=uohfaYxAJfs), "Bursting" (youtube.com/watch?v=4i11HAc83_Q), "About to Uncover" (youtube.com/watch?v=ls2ThuSwN8M), "Daydream" (youtube.com/watch?v=AfAn7LBgCbw), "We've Got Taste" (youtube.com/watch?v=eQVOaD7OjpY), "Magnets" (youtube.com/watch?v=kK3K7SLGzFg) and "Chuckling Straws" (youtube.com/watch?v=Qhac_fGKqFs).
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Anonymous user #5

19 days ago
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According to the Made in Point Richmond DVD, Pixar didn't make commercials for Toppan Printing.
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Anonymous user #2

19 days ago
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I'm not sure if this is it, but I think I found the "Paramount - Logo" commercial: youtube.com/watch?v=Enhu3AvRS-I
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Anonymous user #2

19 days ago
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Either that or this: youtube.com/watch?v=RgvHQL9lYoM
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Anonymous user #2

19 days ago
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Nope. Pretty sure it's the first one.
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Anonymous user #2

18 days ago
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"Launching Magic" = FOUND!: youtube.com/watch?v=Y3EItHnbyig
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Anonymous user #2

18 days ago
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I found Kellogg's All-Bran "Balloon" commercial, but it's in Mexican: youtube.com/watch?v=BOs75dHHxIo
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Anonymous user #2

18 days ago
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I just found "Sprinkler" which is also [sadly] in Mexican and this is TRIGGERING me right now!: youtube.com/watch?v=GmhNQBoB5FM
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Anonymous user #2

18 days ago
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No, wait! That was "Hourglass"! Sorry! My bad!
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TPJ

2 days ago
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Could this be Arm & Hammer “Here, There and Everywhere”?

https://www....=dfF404rqN6E
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Anonymous user #2

1 days 18 hours 22 minutes ago
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Well, it doesn't really look like PIXAR quality.........soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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