Documentary Monday~~The Pixar Story

TitleThe Pixar Story


Awards–Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding NonFiction Program in 2008

Summary–Gives the history of the Pixar Company, specifically focusing on the founders (John Lasseter and Ed Catmull) and their dream to make a full-length animated feature.

My Thoughts–I am currently obsessed with everything Disney and Pixar related.  I just recently read the book The Pixar Touch by David A. Price (am I the only person who totally thinks that title sounds dirty?  yes?  well, I am a 12 year-old girl.) so I already knew the whole story behind the company, and I still loved this documentary.  I am so in love with everything that has to do with Pixar, I would literally listen to those guys talk about anything (Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, feel free to call me if you ever find yourselves single…).  I’ve seen their movies a million times and devoured all the commentaries and behind the scenes footage.

This film is actually on the Wall-E 3-disc special edition as one of the extras, so if you want to watch it, you just need to get your hands on that DVD (which of course, I totally own).  The movie is so good and so interesting that instead of rambling on about how much I loved it, I am going to list some cool things that stood out to me.  (As Amber points out, bullet points are awesome!!)

*The film starts out with a very neat montage of animation through the years.  The things included made me all emotional just like that stupid Disney Blu-ray commercial does.  (Don’t ask, it doesn’t take much to make me emotional.)

*John Lasseter (coolest guy ever?) was supposed to make The Brave Little Toaster, but got fired from Disney instead!

*Alvy Ray Smith, one of the co-founders, does his interview with a sleeping cat on his lap!

*The first Toy Story movie almost didn’t get made because Disney wanted it to be all “edgy” and “adult” and the first test of it was terrible.

*In their old facility, the whole Pixar staff would have to evacuate the building on occasion because they were close to refineries that would spew stuff into the air every once in a while.  Now they have the best building ever!!!

*Toy Story 2 totally sucked and they re-did the entire movie in the last 9 months before it was released.  Obviously it didn’t suck after they fixed it.

*Did I mention that Pixar is the coolest company ever?

Final Verdict–If you love Disney, Pixar, animated movies, or computers, you should definitely check this movie out!



4 Responses to “Documentary Monday~~The Pixar Story”

  1. 1 ngtjill April 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Ooh I’ve seen this one, and it’s great! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, but I remember thinking that Pixar had a lot of struggles and would be a cool place to work. I wish I could draw!

  2. 2 ngtjennifer April 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I totally want to work there!!! They must have some kind of librarian person there…..that would be my dream job!!

  3. 3 Laura May 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’m so glad I have found your blog, as I am a grownup nerd girl who also loves Pixar. I’m curious, were you at all discouraged by the fact that all the key people featured in the documentary were men? I notice this kind of thing all the time, because I’m a feminist and very media-literate, but I’m not sure how young women like yourself are affected. Did this movie inspire you to want to be creative, innovative and collaborative? I’m also a teacher and sometimes I ask my students these questions and they look at me like I’m crazy. Just curious! Great review. I love your enthusiasm. I’m going to show this movie to my students in the hopes that it inspires them to think outside of the box and dream big!

  4. 4 ngtjennifer May 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    You know, I did notice that all of the main people were men. I’ve read a lot about Pixar and it is very rare that a woman is even mentioned. I know there have to be a lot of women that work there, but apparently not many of them are in the “spotlight” positions.

    I think it’s a great idea to show this to students. Most everybody loves Pixar and finding out the story behind the company is so interesting no matter how old you are.

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