Down 1,561 this week

The Pixar Story (2007)

G  |   |  Documentary  |  28 August 2007 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 3,741 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 17 critic

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's ... See full summary »



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 29 Jul 2011
a list of 30 titles
created 28 Sep 2011
a list of 31 titles
created 05 Jun 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 11 Jan 2014
a list of 47 titles
created 07 Mar 2014

Related Items

Search for "The Pixar Story" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Pixar Story (2007)

The Pixar Story (2007) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Pixar Story.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Who was walt Disney even those who worked with him for even have never worked for a better man

Director: Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Stars: Dick Van Dyke, John H. Mayer, Marian Galanis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A conversation with Steve Jobs as he was running NeXT, the company he had founded after leaving Apple.

Director: Paul Sen
Stars: Steve Jobs, Robert X. Cringely
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Director: Don Hahn
Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Director: Leslie Iwerks
Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Mark Kausler, John Lasseter
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A glimpse behind the glass walls of the Hearst Tower, featuring interviews with top magazine and fashion editors of Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Town & Country, among others, ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Iwerks
Stars: Frank A. Bennack Jr., George W. Bodenheimer, Mark Burnett
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

This unauthorized documentary examines the influential life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the visionary CEO who forever altered how Americans used computers and digested music.

Director: Jason Boritz
Stars: Steve Jobs
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: John Lasseter
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.

Stars: Robert X. Cringely, Douglas Adams, Sam Albert
Inside Pixar (TV Movie 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Doug Creutz, Robert A. Iger, David Joyce
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A collection of many Pixar shorts.

Director: John Lasseter
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A collection of many Pixar shorts.

Director: John Lasseter
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Pixar's early short films illuminates not only the evolution of the company but also the early days of computer animation, when a small group of artists and scientists shared a... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Kaplan, Erica Milsom
Stars: Jim Blinn, Eben Ostby, Craig Good


Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Ollie Johnston ...
Frank Thomas ...
Randy Cartwright ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ron Miller ...
Himself (archive footage)
Glen Keane ...
Alexander Schure ...


A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. The contributions of John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs are profiled. The decline of two-dimensional animation is chronicled as three-dimensional animation rises. Hard work and creativity seem to share the screen in equal proportions. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Documentary about the history of Pixar animation




G | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

28 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Pixar  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


As of 2013 Pixar has created 14 films. They've won 26 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes & 3 Grammys. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: For the last 20 years, a group of artists and scientists have transformed two-dimensional drawings into their own three-dimensional worlds.
[clips from various movies]
Thomas Porter: Art challenges technology. Technology inspires art.
John Lasseter: The best scientists and engineers are just as creative as the best storytellers.
See more »


Features Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Rebels without utensils
16 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My review of The Pixar Story allows me to release a theory on the studio's film Toy Story I vaguely established several months back and only came to fully formulate upon watching the documentary. The film details how Pixar was so advanced, innovative, and intimidating to several graphic designers and the animation industry in general, it was somewhat ostracized and manipulated by Disney because they had no idea just what to do with them. Sort of like how in Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear is sort of brushed off and mocked by Woody and several other toys upon his arrival. However, by the end, the toys all learn to work together in unison for the greater good of...the toybox, perhaps? If you allow Buzz Lightyear to represent Pixar, Woody as Disney, and the additional toys as other animated studios and computer designers, the film is sort of allegorical in the regard to the rise of Pixar. Whether this is intentional or not is up for serious debate. I think it was just my brain overworking itself after a long line of average movies.

On the other hand, the documentary The Pixar Story is, like the studio, something to behold. It's a necessary and efficient profile of one of the best and most powerful studios today, and sheds light on the innovators creating the films loved by kids and adults alike. It begins by showing us three men that drove the forces of Pixar as we know it. They are Ed Catmull, a technical officer, Steve Jobs, the late entrepreneur and CEO of Apple, and John Lasseter, Pixar's founding father. We learn that Lasseter was into animation from just a little kid, and relished the thought that he could grow up to make cartoons for a living.

He attended California Institute of the Arts, where he won back-to-back Student Academy Awards for two short films he made while in school. When he finally got a job at Disney, he spent a lengthy time developing ideas for intriguing and innovative cartoons before he was fired because Disney, ultimately, didn't know what to do with such an ambitious soul. He was trying to introduce the wonders of computer animation to the company in the mid 1980's, when the machine was already being feared as a substitute for man. Lasseter tried to implore, however, that the computer is a tool for the artist and that it's inherently incapable of creative thinking. That's where an artist comes in.

Catmull who assisted a lot with the technical side of Lasster's animation and even is credited with creating the first computer animated scene in film history in the 1976 film FutureWorld, while Jobs invested and believed so much in Lasseter's vision he was able to take several financial beatings before even returning any money, leading him to be called the world's most forgiving venture capitalist. In a sense, these men were rebels without a utensil. They believed in a new way to create art enough to further it and churn out film after film, each one a financial and critical success.

After establishing the three men, the film looks extensively at the production of Toy Story. Lasseter claims that making this the studio's first feature was an intelligent decision because he stated early on he did not want to follow in the footsteps of Disney by creating frothy musicals and mythical fairy-tales. Through numerous uphill battles, the film was made and received universal rave reviews. The animation was dazzling, the storyline clicked with young kids and the adults, who didn't see the film as one to endure but one to enjoy, and the immensity of the animated setting and the gravity-defying ways the characters were moving was simply remarkable and never-before-seen. The film also details how the film's release sparked questions about the future of computer animated features and whether or not they would be the future and hand-drawn/traditional animation would later be phased out with the times. The Pixar staff in the film make perfectly clear that time between Toy Story and A Bug's Life, their followup film, was nervewracking because they had to prove that they were the real deal and people weren't just overhyping their work.

On a final note, the latter act of the film concerns the traditional vs. computer animation debate and how after Disney films began to take a loss in revenue, the medium of traditional animation was rejected in favor of its sleeker, more visually dazzling cousin. In my opinion, the two could've coexisted and the demise was the fault of studios like Disney and DreamWorks not updating their stories and not their technology. Pixar raised the bar in animation, but it did the same in storytelling too, and American audiences didn't care to see a film like Disney's Home on the Range, Jungle Book 2, or Teacher's Pet when their sister-studio Pixar was churning out films like Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and Toy Story 2 during the exact same time. Pixar's magical quality stemmed from them allowing the stereotype of animated films being for kids to gradually disappear and get adults, teenagers, and the elderly excited for their latest endeavor. The bar was raised in both departments, and Disney should've realized that films about singing cows and singing jungle animals weren't going to cut it any longer. The demise of the animation the studio pioneered was its own fault - not Pixar, who unfortunately was handed much of the blame.

The Pixar Story is a solid documentary exploring a profound, revolutionary studio, and, in addition to it taking a look at each individual Pixar film (we can try and forgive the huge amount of time the film spends developing Toy Story and how the remaining six features get the cold shoulder in terms of how much time they're allotted on screen) explores a medium that definitely deserves a documentary in its honor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Damn You Disney!!! nirvana_andrew1989
Superb! dylandurrant
Song in the beginning? bjohnt
Catch 'The Pixar Story' screening at ComicCon--7/26/07 honeyryders
San Jose graphicsguy
Stacy Keach vs. Dick Van Dyke artman1991
Discuss The Pixar Story (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: