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  • The name Pixar is created from the combination of laser and pixel in the style of a Spanish verb. The first suggestion from Alvy Ray Smith came as Pixer. Loren Carpenter then suggested Pixar as a variation of radar. The group, which also included Rodney Stock and Jim Blinn, agreed to call their new image machine the Pixar Image Computer.[1][2][3]


  1. The Man Who Invented the Name Pixar Retired Yesterday, Cartoon Brew, January 11, 2014.
  2. Pixar Myth No. 4: Steve Jobs Named Pixar, Alvy Ray Smith
  3. The Pixar Touch, David A. Price, 2009, P. 63

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