Oil company changes its name to "Pixar"

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16 Responses to “Oil company changes its name to "Pixar"”

  1. Andrew Filipe says:

    That’s hilarious. 

  2. awjt says:

    “Finding Oil”
    “Spill-E”
    “A Barrel’s Life”
    “Tankers”
    “Down”
    “Drill Story”
    “Drill Story 2″
    “Drill Story 3″
    “Monsters, Inc.”  (woops, couldn’t help myself)

  3. Chuck says:

    The company’s new mascot will be a little animated pumpjack hopping around your TV screen.

  4. Agua_Caliente says:

    Or, more accurately, Paramount Resources (not to be confused with Paramount Pictures) have created a subsidiary called Pixar Petroleum Corp (not to be confused with Pixar Animation Studios).

  5. Tom Adams says:

    …Should be “Touchstone”, surely?

  6. Kevin says:

    They were going to name the company “Google” but one of the younger board members thought the term sounded vaguely familiar.

  7. Dustin Ames says:

    Mocked this up when I read the story. Looks like @boingboing-4ebccfb3e317c7789f04f7a558df4537:disqus  and I were on the same page.

  8. Brainspore says:

    C’mon oil company executives, if you’re gonna rip off Pixar’s ideas for your name then at least go with the one that makes some sense.

  9. EH says:

    Aaaand every employee of Apple Corps chuckles at the irony.

  10. L_Mariachi says:

    My understanding is that made-up names enjoy a stronger degree of trademark protection than generic word marks even if there’s no overlap in the two product lines.  So “Paramount” or or “Apple” or “Acme” might be fair game for companies not competing in the film, computer, or rocket-skate industries, but you’d still be on thin ice trying to sell Kleenex motorcycles or Xerox lingerie… or Pixar gasoline.

  11. Steve Wells says:

    Maybe it’ll be an acronym?

    Pumping
    Is
    eXtinguishing
    All
    Resources

  12. what_do_you_care says:

    For accidental stock purchases by amateur investors?

  13. Atrum says:

    “No, Billy, you can’t change your name to ‘Batman’.”

  14. CoffeeJedi says:

    There’s an executive staffing agency called “The Tardis Group”, that does indeed have an office in London. I always wondered how they could pull that off without getting sued by the BBC. Isn’t that kind of like a company naming itself “Optimus Prime” or “The Death Star”?

  15. Jesse Ewles says:

    Good way to bury your Google search results, if you plan on getting a lot of bad press.

  16. Emily Ravich says:

    This is one instance in which I will not mind Disney’s overly litigious nature, when all is said and done.

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