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Pixar U.S Postage Stamps

The US Postal Service unveiled today its commemorative postage stamps for 2011. This year’s animation tribute goes to Pixar. The stamps go on sale August 19th and, as pictured above, feature characters from Toy Story, WALL*E, Ratatouille, Cars and Up.

Current First Class postage is 44 cents. Beginning in 2011, all U.S. First Class stamps will be “Forever” stamps – thus these stamps will always be good for first class postage no matter what price the first-class rates may eventually rise to.

(Thanks, Ed Austin and Joel O’Brien)

  • Trevor

    no monsters inc :(

  • Karen

    What a shame they didn’t ask Pixar artists to interpret these in a more interesting way.

    • Cool, but no Incredibles/Monsters Inc? :(

      And no Woody on the Toy Story one?
      Totally agree with Karen’s comment on this one.

  • Jeff H

    Stinks that they used Cars and not The Incredibles. I know, I know … new Cars movie next summer. Still stinks. Nice to see Remy and Linguini, though!

  • Finally!

    Finally!! A Larry the Cable Guy character on a US Postage stamp! It’s about time.

  • Awesome! I’m in Canada…I wonder if I can order a set or something. :0

    • Steve Menke

      usps.com — “Buy stamps and shop” (once they’re released).

  • It strikes me as very odd that the stamp devoted to TOY STORY features Buzz and the Pizza Planeteers but no Woody…

    • Iritscen

      Well, in the favor of the little green guys, they *did* save the day and prevent the last TS movie from having the most depressing ending of any kid’s film ever.

  • Cool! Might have to find excuses to mail letters now…

    • Chris Sobieniak

      ’cause I guess most don’t really do that anymore.

  • A series of stamps with images depicting Pixar characters looking fondly at each other.

    • Liesje

      I like this comment but probably not for the same reason those others did.

  • Tee

    A Frenchman, and alien, a robot…where are teh AMURRICANS?! This is for the Amurrican Post Office, right?

    • Mike

      America is all over those stamps. It’s called Pixar.

  • Is this campaging for Academy voters for Toy Story 3 to win?

  • Just me, I’m sure, but I miss the days when the only animation-themed US stamp was the one released after Walt Disney’s death (which didn’t actually show any Disney characters) and it was tiny, cash-poor countries such as Grenada that treated their postage as a form of marketing.


    • Tee

      I remember those days. I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. ‘Give me five bees for a quarter,’ you’d say.


    • Chris Sobieniak

      Yeah I remember that! Those were good times indeed!

    • Steve Gattuso

      I remember when I had to walk to school through blinding snowstorms uphill. AND WE WERE GLAD, GLAD I TELL YOU!!!!

  • Riiiiiiight…
    Everyone has forgotten the usual whine – that animation doesn’t get any respect from the American public.

    And now that the US Post Office is about to issue some way-cool stamps celebrating Pixar, all you guys can do is nit-pick and whine some more…

  • Doug

    The only one that looks interesting is the Wall-E one. I think they should issue stamps from The Incredibles featuring some of the concept art I’ve seen. Now that would be worth the price of postage!

  • burkiss

    No Incredibles? Cars? Ugh. These stamps stink but I’m sure they’ll be popular with the nuts that collect Disney pins.

  • I suppose Pixar employees will be paid with stamps from now on?

  • Ridd

    Cool but yeah concept art would’ve been better, but I suppose the general public would’ve been all “What gives? This doesn’t look like The Buzz I know and love!”

  • Scott B.

    Ratatouille and Cars but no Nemo or Incredibles? Wow. Okay. Whatever, USPS.

  • Seems to me like the stamps where from the last 5 pixar movies: Toy Story 3(2010) Up(2009) Wall-E(2008) Ratatouille(2007) Cars (2006)

    rather than picked based on which films they thought were best.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It does seem like that in retrospect if they figured these films would still be fresh in people’s minds.

  • Wow, what a great idea. This is way better than the current selection of stamps.

    I’d be happy to pay for these rather than have to choose between “Tiffany lamps” or “Stone Related Monuments.” For a bunch of cartoon fans, all of the commenters here seem like they’d prefer to use the Liberty Bell or The Many Faces of Katharine Hepburn.

    • Steve Gattuso

      Rejected stamp ideas:

      “Famous Kidney Stones”
      “Hallucinogens of the 1960’s”
      “Office Supplies”
      “Differential Equations”
      “Yogi Bear”

      • s.w.a.c.

        @Steve: Well, at least we’d have fun licking the ones in your second idea.

  • Geneva

    I have used some of these assets while grinding out packaging for toys, during an internship I had. Ha! Some poor schlub (probably also an intern) was just handed art assets and told to make a square composition. Some fresh paintings would have been nice, USPS.

  • Love these – makes me wish we could use them here in Canada. I’d be buying up all the Cars ones!

  • Mark McD

    Stamps will probably be sold together on a single sheet of 20, with a “frame” sowing other Pixar characters. Check the sheet they did a few years back for Jim Henson and the Muppets.

    Considering the artwork for the two sheets for Marvel and DC comics was taken from old covers and merchandising bible poses (and the text was in Comic Sans), these look pretty good.

    Or would you prefer a “Space Chimps” stamp?

  • Scarabim

    Sorry, while I like Pixar a lot, I don’t see any “beauty” in those images. I see plastic-looking characters which, when moved about with the expertise of Pixar’s animation staff, are wonderfully alive and endearing. But as still pictures? Ecchhh. I’ll take a frame from Pinocchio or Fantasia over any of those any day.

    • Dr. Ivo Robotnik

      Scribbles over plastic. What a choice.

  • I don’t buy the argument that somehow the USPS is responsible for whatever everyone is disappointed with.

    Does anyone really think the chosen images were not supervised and approved at the highest levels at Pixar?

  • s.w.a.c.

    What? No Luxo Jr. or Wally B? I am outraged!

  • Steve Menke

    Meanwhile in the UK, Royal Mail’s 2010 Christmas stamps featured Wallace and Gromit, and a Gerry Anderson commemorative set’s due January 11.