Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Pixar Story Inspires Animators

The documentary film, The Pixar Story, came out in 2007 and tells about the creation of the animation production company Pixar from Luxo Jr. in 1987 to Cars in 2006. Pixar, of course, went on to continue producing hit animated films like Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), and Up (2009).

Pixar is a CGI-animation production company now based in Emeryville, California that has earned twenty-six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and three Grammys. It was started by Ed Catmull (left), Steve Jobs (center), and John Lasseter (right).

The Pixar Story is a must see for any student or adult interested in CGI-animated films produced since the cel-animation techniques made famous in early Disney movies. The documentary tells the trials and tribulations of becoming the top animation company in the world and what it takes to stay on top.

Imagine being Pete Doctor, a first-time director, trying to match the incredible early success of Toy Story 1 and 2 and A Bug's Life. Docter directed Monsters, Inc. in 2001 which was also incredibly successful so the young Andrew Stanton was called up to keep the string of successes going. He directed Finding Nemo in 2003. Brad Bird was next and he directed The Incredibles in 2004. How long could Pixar keep this up?

This documentary (available online and through Netflix) tells this gripping story in the words of the people who were actually there creating it.

Watch the beginning of The Pixar Story.

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