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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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Doesn't Compete With What They Put on the Screen
24 July 2011 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

I'd heard this was remarkable, but it seems like a lot of that was hype. Pixar seems like an unbelievably cool place to work, and I loved the message of "quirky small company refuses to give up their personality for financial stability" but there were only a small handful of moments that really felt like big deals. It's amazing how many huge names they wrangled up for the interviews, though, (seriously, you got Steve Jobs and Bob Iger to sit down for a good length of time? That's pretty impressive) and those little chats are the most revealing, interesting moments of the entire documentary. Once the subject of Toy Story comes up, it becomes a tale of "and here's how we made our next big, huge, runaway success." It's also overproduced to the point of distraction. Good but not great.

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28 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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