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But Jobs ultimately held on to Pixar and guided its transformation into an animation studio a decision that paid colossal dividends when Pixar was hired by Disney to produce the first feature-length computer-animated film. The result was 1995's Toy Story, and Pixar's subsequent success the studio has grossed $7.2 billion worldwide and earned 40 Oscar nominations is the stuff of Hollywood legend. Its unbroken string of hits became so valuable to Disney that the media conglomerate bought Pixar in 2006 for a staggering $7.4 billion.