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The Ichiro Suzuki of Hollywood, Pixar so far has batted 11-for-11 in feature film hits, generating $6.6 billion in worldwide grosses and 40 Oscar nominations. Woody and Buzz Lightyear to Wall•E and Lightning McQueen have yielded even more in ancillary revenue for parent company Disney from toys, clothes, DVDs, and theme-park attractions. Pixar has 1,200 employees so there’s a lot of credit to go around, but no single person has been more vital to the Pixar success story than chief creative officer John Lasseter. The 54-year-old, Hawaiian shirt-wearing filmmaker has directed five of Pixar’s features, including this month’s Cars 2. »
- John Young
Written and Directed by Alvy Ray Smith.
The Adventures of André and Wally B. is an early computer-animated short created in 1984 by the LucasFilm Computer Graphics Project, which would later become Pixar Animation Studios following the purchase of the company by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986. Directed by Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith and featuring animation by John Lasseter and sound design from LucasFilm regular Ben Burtt, the 2-minute short centres on a character named Andre, who is awoken from a restful nap in the forest by a pesky bee intent on stinging him.
The short film is notable for its groundbreaking animation techniques including the first use of CG motion blur, and premiered at the 1984 Siggraph conference in Minneapolis. It was also shown theatrically before Terry Gilliam's cult sci-fi Brazil (1985), and was reissued a decade later alongside Pixar's debut feature Toy Story »
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