On This Day in Disney History
August 17 1986:
Luxo Jr., the first film produced in 1986 by Pixar Animation Studios (following its establishment as an independent film studio) premieres in Dallas. A computer-animated short film (just two and a half minutes, including credits) it is John Lasseter's second short and the first film from Steve Jobs' newly formed company Pixar.
The success of Luxo, Jr. will be followed by a series of shorts (Red's Dream, Tin Toy and Knick Knack) in which the Pixar artists explore and develop their medium, much as Disney had used the Silly Symphonies as stepping stones to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Today Luxo is the small hopping desk lamp included in Pixar's corporate logo.