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The Pixar Story (2007)

The Pixar Story takes audiences behind the scenes of the groundbreaking company that pioneered a new generation of animation and forever changed the face of filmmaking.


Leslie Iwerks


Leslie Iwerks
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Narrator (voice)
John Lasseter ... Self
Brad Bird ... Self
John Musker ... Self
Ron Clements ... Self
Ollie Johnston ... Self
Frank Thomas ... Self
Randy Cartwright ... Self (archive footage)
Ron Miller ... Self (archive footage)
Glen Keane ... Self
Don Hahn ... Self
Alvy Ray Smith ... Self
Ed Catmull ... Self
Alexander Schure Alexander Schure ... Self
George Lucas ... Self


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary about the history of Pixar animation




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As of 2017 Pixar has created 19 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.
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An informative, inspiring, and important film, spanning Pixar's story, and the story of technological advancement through 3-D animation
5 July 2020 | by ReviewingHistorySee all my reviews

An informative, inspiring, and important film, spanning Pixar's story, and the story of technological advancement through 3-D animation. The documentary walks us through the pre-Pixar era, covering the rudimentary computer graphics in development through the 1970s and 1980s, when Star Wars and Star Trek's special effects ignited a new era in filmmaking . Then, the film describes the early day of Pixar's early founders (e.g., John Lasseter) in venturing through Disney's territory of 2-D animations in general, and his happenstance with Steve Jobs. Some immersive footage and reports are featured in the film all along, transporting the viewer back to the days covered. Further, the viewer will also become familiar with both the early technological challenges and later psychological roadblocks that appeared from a small company that became, in essence, an overnight success (thanks to films like Toy Story). The company's challenges with Disney were also described, and the recreation of the Pixar's leadership and offerings, featuring films from a number of talented and creative director, are also covered. The Pixar Story, therefore, brings inthe contextual and personal factors that have made Pixar the company it then was in 2007, and the company it has now become. This is a must-see for the curious mind on Pixar and for those interested in the computer graphics and animation revolution that Pixar helped launch.

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28 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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