The Pixar Touch
The roller-coaster rags-to-riches story behind the phenomenal success of Pixar Animation Studios, and the first in-depth look at the company that forever changed the film industry and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it.
Nevertheless, Price manages to expand on all...more
Price goes at lengths to delve into the deep past, rendering the origins of Pixar's key players, Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith and John Lasseter. It takes a long time b...more
One interesting omission comes early on in the book when discussing the failure of the first Toy Story script: Price does not mention Katzenberg's pushing for more "edge" which is well covered in the Jobs biography, and seems central to the story to me. This kept me from fully "trusting" the book.
Perhaps the most interesting bit for me was the description of The Incredibles charac...more
A truly comprehensive journey through the history of Pixar. I thoroughly enjoyed John Lasseter's involvement in Pixar for leading the creative process. It allowed me to appreciate the films, knowing the background information.
A few takeaway...more
The book wasn't easy, but it did get better. After the boring stuff about computers and stuff, I fi...more
I basically picked this one up because I believe that Pixar can do no wrong. How many large, ultra-profitable production studios are out there that consistently churn out beautiful stories of amazing depth and, to the joy of hollywood bigwigs, insane marketability? Very few. I can name a few that have one or the other, but a perfect track record for both?
So it was in pursuit of the answer to that question that I decided to read this book, which is by and large (tha...more
Also was a nice glimpse at trying to give creators the freedom to create while hoping for essentially a wealthy benefactor to fund the business until the results (financially speaking) can be seen. Along with brief men...more
So the early chapters of this book are great since the cover the pre-Pixar years as the company founders move from company to company building their knowledge and skills. It's really just as much a history of computer modeling as it is of Pixar.
The middle chapters tha...more
This is more of a "business" book than a creative one I suppose,...more
What I actually got was a background on the development of computer animation and the history of John Lasseter. The unlikely story of a group of animation fanatics working together first at New York institue of technology, to Lucas Film, to having Steve Jobs purchase the company,and finally its interesting relati...more
It is not the story I had expected when starting this book. Sure, I knew the company had struggled and I know that they now have an unheard of amount of artistic control over their productions. This is what makes them so successful and so critically acclaimed: they don't make compromises when it comes to their art....more
Once the book got to story development, I was much more interested. I liked hearing how the plots evolved. Hearing the technical bits in the context of story was fascinating. If the entire book had been the story of their stories, I think I would have loved it. However, most of this book is a story of in-fighting. Pixar employees were con...more
This copiously researched, vivid account covers the rise of one of the world’s most successful entertainment companies. Experienced journalist David A. Price fills Pixar’s history with implied lessons about patience in management and running a creative company, but he doesn’t seem much interested in writing a how-to business book, so he sticks to the historic narrative and draws few conclusions. Notably, Price, whose education is in computer science...more
Go back and watch Toy Story again and you'll notice how far they've come in the last 20 years, as they continue to push the envelope and create better technolo...more