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Leslie Iwerks (written by)
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Documentary about the history of Pixar animation
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A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Rebels without utensils See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Tom K. Gurney ... Himself (uncredited)
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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
 
Thanks
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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Rebels without utensils, 16 November 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

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.

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