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A pencil icon from an Apple Macintosh drawing program comes to life.
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A pencil icon from an Apple Macintosh drawing program comes to life.

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July 1988 (USA) See more »

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This credit appears at the end of the film: "This film was created entirely on Apple Macintosh II computers." See more »

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Whip Cracker GALYN SUSMAN Design Police NANCY TAGUE Painters MARK CUTTER JAY FENTON SHAUN HO BRUCE LEAK ERIC MUELLER JOHN PETERSON KEN TURKOWSKI VICTOR TSO LARRY YAEGER JACK PALEVICH Carpenters JIM BATSON MARK CUTTER TOBY FARRAND BRUCE LEAK TONY MASTERSON STEVE MILNE TERRI MUNSON WIL OXFORD JACK PALEVICH STEVE PERLMAN STEVE ROSKOWSKI CARL STONE GALYN SUSMAN NANCY TAGUE KEN TURKOWSKI VICTOR TSO LARRY YAEGER AL KOSSOW Noise Makers WIL OXFORD JOHN WORTHINGTON Rock stars STEVE MILNE WIL OXFORD JOHN WORTHINGTON Rendermeister AL KOSSOW Pixel Dealers MARK KRUEGER STEVE ROSKOWSKI First Aid SCOTT STEIN Chief Namer DAVE WILSON Money Spender TOBY FARRAND Den Mothers TERRI MUNSON DAIAN ONAKA Wardrobe LISA KLEISSNER This film was created entirely on Apple Macintosh II computers. See more »

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The Ego in the Box
2 October 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

PENCIL TEST is one of the early test-and-demonstration shorts produced by Pixar not long after Steve Jobs had purchased it from Lucasfilms. Produced on and co-starring Apple equipment, it is a Pinocchio-like story of an icon that wants to be a real pencil and struggles unsuccessfully to live in the real world and in the virtual world.

In it we see Pixar's ability to tell a story through its visual elements and to invest its non-human -- indeed, its non-humanoid -- beings with real character. Although the most famous of these is its Luxo Jr. lamp, which has become the studio's spokesmodel, it shows up beautifully throughout Pixar's history, most recently at length in WALL-E.


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