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There are very few things in this life you can count on, but one of them is that when the folks at Pixar make a movie, chances are they'll hit it right out of the damn park.
The CGI animation division of Disney has the best track record in the business and is known for retaining a story-centric level of quality control as intricate and precise as the Sistine Chapel -- but with more talking animals.
As Pixar's latest, "Brave," hits theaters, we decided to gird our loins and compile all the facts you'll ever need to know about the studio. Read on to learn the secret of Pixar's success, or at least to overload on the almost embarrassing amount of success it's had.
13 - Total number of feature-length movies.
13 - Number of feature voice appearances by "Cheers" mailman John Ratzenberger.
22 - Total number of short films.
9 - Feature films with a 95% or above critical score on Rotten Tomatoes.
26 - Number of Academy Award wins, including shorts.
20 - Number of prominent current/former stand-up comedians in major voice roles (Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Penn Jillette, Denis Leary, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett, Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Craig Ferguson).
5 - Pixar feature films directed by co-founder/chief creative officer John Lasseter.
$5 million - Amount Steve Jobs paid George Lucas for the Pixar offshoot unit of Lucasfilm in 1986.
$7.4 billion - Amount Disney paid to acquire Pixar in 2006. Mama mia! That's a spicy meat-a-ball!
3 - Number of Pixar films with a human being as the central character ("The Incredibles," "Up" and "Brave").
6 - Number of Pixar movies scored by Randy Newman, with 8 Oscar nominations including 2 wins for Best Original Song ("We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3" and "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monsters, Inc.")
4 trillion - Estimated number of collective audience tears shed during dead wife montage in "Up."
26 - Years in existence.
4 - Films overhauled by replacement directors after troubled starts ("Toy Story 2," "Toy Story 3," "Ratatouille," "Brave").
45 - Approximate number of minutes devoid of dialogue at the beginning of "WALL-E."
3 - Number of former "Simpsons" animators who have directed and/or written a Pixar movie, specifically David Silverman (co-director of "Monsters Inc."), Brad Bird (writer/director of "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille") and Jim Reardon (co-writer and storyboard supervisor on "WALL-E").
2.36 million - Approximate number of Google search results combining the phrase "A Bug's Life" and the word "communism." Just thought we'd point that out, not that we're suggesting anything. Nope. Nothing at all.
374 - Number of Hawaiian shirts John Lasseter keeps in active rotation for his wardrobe. Counting those in storage, altogether he claims to own "well over a thousand."
0 - Number of Pixar films that have NOT been a huge, sweeping success.
Originally published June 22, 2011.