When Is A113 More Than Just A Number (And A Letter)?

When it's the name of a classroom at CalArts. A classroom that housed a truly astonishing number of animation (and animated) geniuses. Here's a spectacular (and sorta-mind-blowing) article from a few years back that the folks at Vanity Fair put together. It's called "The Class That Roared," and it features this not-sorta-butstraight-up mind-blowing opening paragraph:

In November 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that directors who had been students in the California Institute of the Arts’ animation programs had generated more than $26 billion at the box office since 1985, breathing new life into the art of animation. The list of their record-breaking and award-winning films—which include The Brave Little Toaster, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story, Pocahontas, Cars, A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Corpse Bride, Ratatouille, Coraline—is remarkable. Even more remarkable was that so many of the animators not only went to the same school but were students together, in the now storied CalArts classes of the 1970s.

Amazing, no? Only it's not $26 billion. Not any more. Now, it's $31,697,069,708-ish. Enjoy!

Attribution(s): "The Magic A113" by rubber cat is from Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0).