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  (in credits order)

Stacy Keach ... Narrator (voice)

John Lasseter ... Himself

Brad Bird ... Himself

John Musker ... Himself

Ron Clements ... Himself
Ollie Johnston ... Himself
Frank Thomas ... Himself
Randy Cartwright ... Himself (archive footage) (1980)
Ron Miller ... Himself (archive footage) (1980)
Glen Keane ... Himself

Don Hahn ... Himself

Alvy Ray Smith ... Himself

Ed Catmull ... Himself
Alexander Schure ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself
Rob Cook ... Himself
Eben Ostby ... Himself

William Reeves ... Himself
Loren Carpenter ... Herself
Thomas Porter ... Himself (as Tom Porter)

Dennis Muren ... Himself

Steve Jobs ... Himself
Alan Kay ... Himself
Deirdre Warin ... Herself

Pete Docter ... Himself

Andrew Stanton ... Himself
Peter Schneider ... Himself
Bonnie Arnold ... Herself (archive footage)

Ralph Guggenheim ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe Ranft ... Himself

Michael Eisner ... Himself

Tom Hanks ... Himself
Thomas Schumacher ... Himself (as Tom Schumacher)

Roy Edward Disney ... Himself (as Roy Disney)

Lee Unkrich ... Himself

Tim Allen ... Himself

Leonard Maltin ... Himself
Mike McCaffrey ... Himself
Darla K. Anderson ... Herself
Randy Nelson ... Himself
Nancy Lasseter ... Herself
James Ford Murphy ... Himself (as Jim Murphy)
Glenn McQueen ... Himself (archive footage)

Doug Sweetland ... Himself

Randy Newman ... Himself

Billy Crystal ... Himself

Robert A. Iger ... Himself (as Bob Iger)

Diane Disney ... Herself (as Diane Disney Miller)
Joe Grant ... Himself

Walt Disney ... Himself (archive sound)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom K. Gurney ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Iwerks 
Writing credits
Leslie Iwerks (written by)

Produced by
Steven Argula .... associate producer
Leslie Iwerks .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Beal (original score music)
Cinematography by
Suki Medencevic 
Film Editing by
Leslie Iwerks 
Stephen R. Myers 
Makeup Department
Nikki Carbonetta .... makeup artist (as Nikki Carbonetta-Aguirre)
Gretchen Davis .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Locke .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr editor
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr recordist
Visual Effects by
Craig Kuehne .... visual effects
John Locke .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Lupoi .... grip
Pedja Radenkovic .... assistant camera
Tom Spingola .... assistant camera
Andrew D. Stadler .... assistant camera
Nicole Williams .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Aaron Garcia .... assistant editor
Freesia Pearson .... post-production assistant
Zacharia Pineda .... on-line editor
Robert Tachoires .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Michael Fey .... music supervisor
Other crew
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Stephen R. Myers .... additional story consultant
Tyrrell Shaffner .... production assistant
Donna M. Fields .... thanks
John Hazelton .... very special thanks
Amanda Sorena .... special thanks

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USA:87 min
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[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.
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9 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A shallow and boring look at a very interesting subject, 16 November 2010
Author: Ribtim from Norway

Yes, Pixar has made some great films.

Yes, they are definitely amongst the best in the world when it comes to computer animation.

Yes, they helped basically change the whole industry.

So why make such an awkwardly shallow "pat-on-the-back" film about them, consisting of nothing but a bunch of people saying how great they are? I wanted to see this because I was fascinated with animation, and hoped to learn some behind-the-scenes secrets and technical insight into how Pixar films are actually created. However this was never addressed in The Pixar Story.

I also thought it would be interesting to hear the back-stories of all the competitive titles that has come out from other companies at about the same time as Pixar films (A Bug's Life/Antz, Finding Nemo/A Shark's Tale, The Incredibles/Meet the Robinsons), but this was never mentioned either.

At some point the "documentary" (if you can even call it that) briefly mentions that it was technically impossible to have more than 50 characters on the screen at once, and this caused a problem during production of A Bug's Life. "Oh," thought I, "this'll be interesting. What was the technical limitations? What computers were they using? How did they work around it?" Instead of answering any of these questions, the film simply moves on to talk about how great the people were who came up with a solution. Of course they never mention what that solution was.

The Pixar Story also goes into great lengths in making it appear as they were basically the inventors of all computer generated images. But what about The Mind's Eye series? Or what about the hundreds of thousands of computers games? What about the hundreds of other animation studios around the world who have been, and are still constantly punching out a great stream of amazing animation? What about the fact that producing high quality animation has become easier and easier, so much so that the greatest computer animated films are not from Pixar at all? Do the people at Pixar feel threatened by all the competition? Do they continue to look for new talent? The Pixar Story also dwells a short while amongst the first Jurrasic Park movie, and how the computer generated dinosaurs in that film changed the way action films were made. But why did nobody question if that was actually a good thing? Why weren't Pixar nailed to the wall with questions about CGI versus authenticity? Again, there was a brief moment towards the end when the death of old-school 2D animation sparked some interest, but again the makers of The Pixar Story moved past it with a few simple statements about how sad it was.

All in all, this could have been an amazing making-off documentary which had 88 minutes to really dig deep and portray a world very few know anything about.

Instead it's just your average "oh, I am so great, and so are all my colleagues" snore-fest, which runs three times as long as it should have.

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