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Definition: RenderMan interface

A photorealistic image programming interface from Pixar Animation Studios, Inc., Emeryville, CA (www.pixar.com). It provides the interface from modeling programs to RenderMan-compliant rendering software, such as Pixar's own suite of artist's tools for Unix, Windows and Mac. Co-founded in 1986 by Steve Jobs, Pixar and Disney together are world renowned for their award-winning animation in movies such as "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc."

Teapots Updated!
The shadows on this teapot pile were created in Renderman. Years ago, one of the first examples of computer graphics techniques was a teapot created by the University of Utah (see anti-aliasing). (Image courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios.)