This thread is to describe, in as much detail as possible, how to get autographs from your favourite Pixarians.
Since we all love Pixar here, I thought I’d share information regarding the best and most successful way to obtain an autograph from someone at Pixar. I am planning on doing this myself, and it would be great if you followed the instructions as well and we can all share our success and excitement when the autograph does arrive in the mail.
PLEASE NOTE: Among other autograph aficionados there is a bit of confusion between whether the autographs received from Pixar are original or not. That means whether each one sent back was hand-signed (original/authentic) or pre-printed (copy). I can’t say, so the only you would know for sure is if you got one back and judged for yourself. Either way, it is still very neat to have a Pixar autograph to frame and admire.
Now, if you do choose to write to Pixar and ask for an autograph, you will not just recieve an autograph on a plain piece of paper. This is Pixar, remember! If you would like to see why it is worth it to go to the trouble below, then click here and here to see a representation of what you are likely to receive. (I didn’t paste the image here so as to not spoil the surprise for anyone not knowing what the autograph will be written on.) Doesn’t that look cool?
I got most of this information from a website called Fanmail.biz which specialises in telling people the best way to successfully obtain an autograph from their favourite celebrities.
Requesting an autograph by snail mail:
Step 1. Write Pixar a short letter saying that you would like a signed autograph from the Pixarian of your choice. Something like:
My name is Rachel and I love watching your films. I am a big fan of Pixarian’s name and would really appreciate a signed autograph of his.
Something as simple as that is fine. Now, it’s totally your choice if you wanted to write a fan letter, but bear in mind that the Pixarians probably wouldn’t have enough time to read it, so just letting you know. But you could always write a long one and they might get the time to read it some day. But do not expect anything back from the Pixarians themselves. The best you could hope for is a short answer written by one of the Pixar secretaries. Try to be as clear as possible in your letter that you are writing to obtain an autograph, and whose autograph you are after.
If you aim for one of the big guns (Lasseter, Bird, Stanton) they have them ready and you should recieve one back definately. Personally, I am going to request one from Lou Romano. Maybe then I will get an original autograph since I don’t think they have reprints of his autograph (yet). If reprints are indeed what they are sending out (see above). You can request lesser known artists from Pixar, and just see what you get back, too.
[spoil]Another option is to request a glossy photo of your favourite Pixar film, with the director’s autograph. If you looked at the example pictures linked above, there is one of Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles but I’m sure they have one of each movie with the directors autograph on it. You can always ask and see what you get back![/spoil]
Step 2. On the front of the standard-sized envelope write:
Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States (if sending from overseas)
Step 3: Fanmail.biz recommends the following: if you live in the US, you can just send a letter with the appropriate stamp to send inside the US. If you live internationally, you should buy some “international reply coupons” (inquire at your post office), and put these inside the envelope with the letter. Also, ask the post office how much it costs to send your letter overseas and pay for it there (it will cost more than usual).
Don’t forget to write your address on both the letter and the back of the envelope!
Step 4: Send your letter to the above address and wait. The waiting time to get your autograph back inside the US ranges from 4 - 8 weeks, and outside the US could be up to 3 months. But it all depends on how busy Pixar are at the time, how far away you live, customs, and other varying factors. So be patient.
Step 5: Recieve your autograph and post about it here!
Requesting an autograph by email:
Now, some people have emailed Pixar and successfully obtained autographs this way. Others have had no response at all and had to write a letter instead. If you choose to do it this way, remember that there isn’t a 100% guarantee of recieving one back then if you were to write a letter.
Follow the instructions above but email your request to:
If you have any corrections, or if you have further knowledge on the best way to go about requesting Pixar autographs, please comment. Also, please share your experiences with getting Pixar autographs so others can know what to expect. Good luck, and happy writing!
References: - Information from fanmail.biz
- Pixar autograph example from this thread and this thread on the fanmail.biz website.
- Anyone who contributes to this information.