Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar "homecoming" at Pixar

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich just tweeted this picture with the caption "Homecoming." As you can see, a huge crowd of Pixar employees assembled in the atrium to welcome back Lee and celebrate his Oscar win for Best Animated Feature Film.

Pixar at the 83rd Academy Awards

Credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Toy Story 3 went in with five nominations to Sunday’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

The film was nominated in the following Oscar categories (wins in bold):
  • Best Picture (Darla K. Anderson, producer)
  • Best Animated Feature Film (Lee Unkrich, director)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
  • Original Song ("We Belong Together"; music and lyrics by Randy Newman)
  • Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers)
Pixar's groundbreaking short Day & Night, directed by Teddy Newton and produced by Kevin Reher, was nominated in the Animated Short Film category.

John Lasseter with wife Nancy; Ed Catmull with daughter Jeannie.
Credit: Ivan Vejar / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Teddy Newton with guest. Credit:
Ivan Vejar / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Toy Story 3 won two awards, for Best Animated Feature Film and Original Song.
This is the fourth consecutive year that a Pixar film has taken home the feature animation prize, created in 2001, and the sixth time in total.

Credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Credit:
Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Accepting the statuette, Lee Unkrich said:
"Oh boy. I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but thank you to the Academy. I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the vision of three incredible guys. John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs, the founders of Pixar Animation Studios, which by the way, is the most awesome place on the planet to make movies.

"To my producer, Darla Anderson, screenwriter Michael Arndt, my cast and crew, everyone at Disney and Pixar, every single person who had absolutely anything to do with making Toy Story 3 and getting it out into the world, I share this with you. To my grandmother, who always insisted that she'd see me up here someday.
To my parents, my wife, Laura, my kids, Hannah, Alice, and Max, I love you all so much.

"And finally, thank you to audiences all over the world who came out in historic numbers and embraced a movie about talking toys that hopefully had something very human to say. Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!"
The Twitterverse subsequently exploded with compliments for @leeunkrich and Pixar, making Toy Story 3 and Unkrich trending topics.

Credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

"We Belong Together" won for Best Original Song l
ater on in the ceremony
. Randy Newman accepted the award and, in doing so, delivered the funniest acceptance speech of the night.

He said:
"I'm very grateful for this and surprised. My percentages aren't great. I've been nominated 20 times and this is the 2nd time I won. At the Academy, at the lunch they have for the nominees, where they have like a Randy Newman chicken by this time, the, Mr. Mischer said that it's not really good television to take a list out of your pocket and thank a lot of people. It's not my style anyway, but it is in this case. I mean to have worked for Pixar doing the six pictures I've done, this one Lee Unkrich and worked with Mitchell Froom, Chris Montan at Disney.
"I just have to thank these people. I don't want to, I want to be good television so badly, as you can see. I've been on this show any number of times and I've slowed it down almost every time. No wonder they only nominate 4 songs, what about cinematography. So there's 5. They could find a fifth song from someone. But hell with it. Think it might have beat me. Anyway, I thank you all very much for this. The Academy has been enormously kind to me as has the Music Branch and I love you all. Thank you very much."
Credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The win followed Newman's
performance of a shortened version of "We Belong Together", which, unfortunately, was
fraught with a sound mixing issue that rendered Newman's voice barely intelligible at times. It did no justice to Newman or to the song.

Sadly, Toy Story 3 did not go on to receive the top Oscar prize, Best Motion Picture of the Year.
But the much deserved recognition it got was definitely an honor. Everybody at the studio is celebrating tonight.

Credit: Rick Salyer / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Congratulations to Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, Michael Arndt, Randy Newman,
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher,
and everyone at Pixar and The Walt Disney Studios who helped make Toy Story 3 and Day & Night the two real best pictures of the year!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation hi-res stills

Disney/Pixar just released these hi-res versions of the two stills from Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation that appear in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. Incredibly cool!

Animated Feature Symposium photos

These photos of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich were taken at last night's Animated Feature Symposium, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Unkrich joined fellow animated feature nominees, like Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders from DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon, in an on-stage in a discussion about the films.

Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Oscar coverage details

On Sunday evening, 2010's top achievements in film will be recognized at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, taking place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Like Up last year, Toy Story 3 is in the running for five awards, including Best Picture and Best Animated Feature Film. Day & Night is nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, Michael Arndt, Randy Newman, Tom Myers, Michael Silver, Teddy Newton, and Kevin Reher, will be in attendance at the ceremony.

John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, co-nominated for Toy Story 3's story, are also confirmed to attend. Lasseter will be joined by his wife, Nancy, who'll be bringing the bling.

This year's show begins at 8 PM ET/5 PT. It will be telecast live on ABC in the United States, CTV in Canada, and around the globe to an audience of millions. (Check local listings for broadcast information.)

For instant updates on everything related to Pixar, be sure to follow Twitter.com/The_Pixar_Blog.

Beginning at around 12 AM PT, check back here for a detailed post with official Academy photos, acceptance speeches, backstage reactions, and more.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

'Incredibles' Blu-ray preview—Nomanisan Redevelopment Plan

It used to be the base for 'Incredibles' super-villain Syndrome, but now Nomanisan Island is set to become a top family-friendly vacation destination! Learn more in this informative promo!

"New Nomanisan Island Top Secret Redevelopment Plan", described as an "interactive brochure", is one of many new features included on The Incredibles Blu-ray (Amazon.com), coming April 12.

First look at Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (EW) contains a first look at Pixar's upcoming Toy Story short, Hawaiian Vacation, in theatres with Cars 2 on June 24.

IndieWire's The Playlist blog provides online readers with low quality scans of two stills from the short, including the one shown above.

Notably, the EW piece names Gary Rydstrom as the director of Hawaiian Vacation. Rydstrom, an Academy Award-winning sound designer, previously directed Lifted and was helming Newt until it was cancelled last year.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cars 2 characters: Rod "Torque" Redline & Siddeley

Disney/Pixar continues the Cars 2 character rollout with stills and bios for Rod "Torque" Redline and Siddeley. Siddeley we've seen before, but this is the first time we get a description of the state-of-the-art spy jet.

Rod “Torque” Redline is considered by many as the greatest American spy in the world. Recruited after the Cold War for both his brains and brawn, Torque is a tough-as-nails Detroit muscle car with a mastery of disguises.

In his latest deep-cover operation, he obtained vital information about the plot to sabotage the World Grand Prix. So Rod plans a rendezvous with his British counterparts to share his discoveries at the World Grand Prix welcome reception in Tokyo, Japan. But with the bad guys hot on his tailpipe, Rod is forced to ditch the intel early and with the first party guest he sees — a rusty American tow truck named Mater.

Siddeley is a state-of-the-art British twin-engine spy jet. At 176 feet from nose to tail and an impressive 157-foot wingspan, the super sleek silver-bodied Siddeley streaks through international skies at record-breaking mach 1 speeds. Outfitted with all the latest in high-tech spy equipment, including cloaking technology, defensive weaponry and afterburners, Siddeley is Finn [McMissile]’s steadfast partner-in-fighting-crime around the globe.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Unkrich interview at HuffPo

With less than a week left until the Oscars, The Huffington Post brings us a lengthy new discussion with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich (producer Darla K. Anderson also took part).

Unkrich, who got his start in television as an editor, is sometimes misidentified as an animator: he's not. He talks a bit about this with interviewer Brad Balfour.

Steve Jobs comes up later on in the conversation, which encompasses twenty-seven questions. Though no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the studio, "his heart is absolutely with [Pixar]", says Unkrich.

Cars 2 Daytona 500 TV spot

The first TV spot for Cars 2—featuring loads of never-before-seen footage—premiered Sunday with the broadcast of the NASCAR Daytona 500. Naturally, the minute-long spot has made its way onto the internets. Watch—

Whoever edited this deserves a promotion. It deftly balances the action and comedy aspects of the movie. How could anybody not look forward to seeing Cars 2 after watching this?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

'Cars' spin-off 'Planes' confirmed; 2nd 'Toy Story' short coming with 'Muppets'

Disney has announced plans to release Planes, a direct-to-video spin-off of Cars, in Spring 2013. This confirms most of the story we first heard in July of last year.

According to the official press release, the feature length film will follow "Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race, despite his fear of heights."

Planes is not being produced at Pixar Canada in Vancouver as previously believed, but at DisneyToon Studios in Burbank. Pixar publicity tells me that the movie is "not a Pixar project". Although based on Pixar's franchise, it will apparently not be branded as "Disney•Pixar".

This isn't the first time that Pixar characters have been 'borrowed' by an outside creative team at Disney. Beginning in 2000, Walt Disney Television produced the animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command that aired on ABC.

Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter explains the reasons for this spin-off:
"We had such a great time exploring the world of Cars over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters.
By expanding the Cars world, Planes gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters
The team at DisneyToon Studios has done such an amazing job creating a heartfelt story filled with great comedy, adventure, and emotion."
Speaking at a Walt Disney Company investors conference this morning, Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross said that Planes would be followed by other projects "that kids absolutely love".

That wording could suggest that, like previous DisneyToon Studios projects, Planes will be geared towards a younger audience.

Variety reports that Ross also spoke about the pair of Toy Story toons coming this year. That's right—the Toy Story "Hawaiian Vacation" short attached to Cars 2 will be followed by a second! That one will be attached to Disney's The Muppets, which opens on November 23.

This is, for sure, the biggest news to come out of Disney/Pixar in a while. I know everybody's going to have an opinion, especially about Planes. Please share yours in comments; I might put in my two cents worth as well.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cars 2 still: McMissile meets Mater

In this new still from Cars 2, published today by U.K. movie guide Total Film (via The Pixar Times), Finn McMissile meets Mater at a Japanese airport terminal. Just look at that set design.

Cars 2 opens on July 22 in the U.K.

Marvel, Disney launching Pixar story magazine

This May, Marvel and Disney Publishing will launch Disney•Pixar Presents, a new monthly magazine featuring characters from Pixar films such as Cars, The Incredibles, and Toy Story.

Each issue of the magazine will contain "96 full color pages of content, including a mix of brand new stories, classic adventures, puzzles, games and more," according to the official press release.

The first number, written by Alan J. Porter and Mark Cooper, will be Cars Magazine #1. It will be available at book and comic stores for $5.99 and is intended for readers of "all ages".

Emily Mortimer talks to Cinema Blend

Cinema Blend caught up with Emily Mortimer, the voice of Holley Shiftwell in Cars 2, at the New York Toy Fair on Monday.

Their interview covers Mortimer's thoughts on getting the part, meeting Michael Caine, and the role of Mater in the sequel.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Cars 2 still: Arrivals

Check out this brand new film still from Cars 2, just posted by Stitch Kingdom.

As you can see, Lightning McQueen, Mater, Luigi, Guido, Fillmore, and Sarge are looking down at the tarmac as they deplane at one of their international destinations. I bet there's a crowd of cheering fans and photographers waiting for them.

Cars 2 video game announced

Disney/Pixar made public today the first details about Cars 2: The Video Game, coming this June from Disney Interactive Studios.

Like the Toy Story 3 video game last year, this game is being developed by Disney subsidiary Avalanche Software in close collaboration with Pixar.

It will be available for Mac/PC, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 and will feature connectivity with the World of Cars Online. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.com.

The press release sums up the plot:
"Cars 2: The Video Game brings players inside the international training center CHROME (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage), where they choose from more than 20 different characters and train to become world class spies.

As part of their international training, they will participate in simulated hazardous missions using high-tech gadgets to evade and slow down adversaries."
We'll doubtless hear more about the title and get gameplay trailers and final box art in the coming months.

Cars 2 characters: Miles Axelrod & Nigel Gearsley

Concurrent with the 2011 Toy Fair in New York, Disney/Pixar revealed two new Cars 2 characters: Miles Axelrod and Nigel Gearsley. Check out the official character stills and bios below.

Sir Miles Axlerod is a former oil baron who has sold off his fortune, converted himself into an electric vehicle and has devoted his life to finding the renewable, clean-burning energy source of the future—ultimately discovering what he believes is the fuel everyone should be using. Axlerod is also the car behind the World Grand Prix, a three-country race he created that attracts the world’s top athletes—but it’s really an excuse to show off his new wonder-fuel, Allinol.

Nigel Gearsley from Warwickshire, England, is an Aston Martin DB9R racer bearing #9. He got his start racing the Speed Hill Climb—a unique, completely uphill race through the Aston Hill Mountain Area that his family has run for generations. Nigel’s racing career has been anything but an uphill challenge, as he’s won nearly every start in the past few years on the Grand Touring Sports Car circuit, including a string of podiums at Nurburgring and Le Mans. His cool British refinement makes him an imposing presence on the World Grand Prix courses.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cars 2 at the Toy Fair

Cars 2 made a big splash at the American International Toy Fair in New York City today, with licensees showing off their coolest Cars 2 toys and games.

As the Associated Press puts it: "If you didn't know Cars 2 is coming out from Disney/Pixar June 24, you will when you walk through the toy aisles beginning this spring." (via Bloomberg)

Cast members Emily Mortimer (Holley Shiftwell) and Sir Michael Caine (Finn McMissile) took part in an on-stage discussion about the film, while director John Lasseter sent a taped message.

Lasseter made clear that he doesn't see Cars 2 as a parody of the espionage genre. "This is not a parody of a spy movie. This is a spy movie," he was quoted as saying.

Caine and Mortimer both raved about the experience of working with Pixar and the effort the studio puts into the films. Caine also revealed that he was recently at Pixar Canada in Vancouver—a possible hint that Finn McMissile will be showing up in future Cars Toons.

One of the biggest draws at the show was a life-size replica of McMissile that will tour the U.S. later this year. You can see it in the B-roll of footage from the show embedded above via Trailer Addict.

Grammy Award for Newman/'TS3'

The Recording Academy bestowed its Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album (Category 82) on Randy Newman for Toy Story 3 at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.

Because of the way the Grammys are structured, Newman's soundtrack was up against films from 2010 (e.g. Alice in Wonderland) and 2009 (e.g. Avatar). That it won goes to show the impression it made on members of the academy.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

'TS3' awarded BAFTA animation prize

Briefly: Toy Story 3 picked up the BAFTA Award for Animated Film at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards tonight in London. Director Lee Unkrich was in attendance to accept the prize.

For a complete list of this year's BAFTA winners and nominees, go here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

John Lasseter character in Cars 2

Pixar creative chief and Cars 2 director John Lasseter will have a cameo in the film as a "hefty", all-American, yellow pick-up truck, John Lassetire.

The cameo was revealed about an hour ago in an Associated Press story (via ABC News). Disney/Pixar just sent me this high resolution image of the character.

Lasseter tells the AP that he was surprised by the honor, which comes on the heels of Pixar's 25th anniversary:
"It was news to me. I did not know about that, so I was a little surprised. I ended up voicing this character. It was just one line, but now I have a Cars character. I'm very excited about that."
Who wouldn't be?

Cars 2 producer Denise Ream says she got the idea from George Lucas' brief appearance in Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, on which she served as visual effects executive producer. (Ream also had her own cameo in the film.)

What do you think about John Lassetire? And what other Pixarian cameos would you like to see in the future?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Newman on Oscars, songwriting, and working with Pixar

Fresh off his latest Oscar nomination for Original Song, Toy Story 3 maestro Randy Newman talks with TheWrap.com about the honor and the songwriting process that led to it.

Interestingly, after calling Pixar "the greatest studio there's ever been, by a mile," Newman suggests he's not sure if he'll work with Pixar again because of the immensity of the task. Hopefully he isn't serious.

Newman also elaborates on why the film's score wasn't submitted for Academy Award consideration and what his initial plan was for "We Belong Together".

Read the interview here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Oscar Luncheon Photo Challenge

Photo credit: Greg Harbaugh/©AMPAS

Lee Unkrich was joined by a group of his Pixar colleagues at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon today in Beverly Hills. Each was handed their own Academy Award nomination certificate for their role in the making of Toy Story 3 (and Day & Night).

Since 2008, I've challenged readers spot the Pixar director in the group photo taken at the annual event. This year I dare you to locate all nine Pixarians in the photo!

Find:
  • Lee Unkrich (director, story)
  • Darla K. Anderson (producer)
  • Michael Arndt (screenplay)
  • John Lasseter (story)
  • Andrew Stanton (story)
  • Randy Newman* (music)
  • Tom Myers* (sound editing)
  • Michael Silvers* (sound editing)
  • Teddy Newton (director, Day & Night)
Winners will receive tickets to a special private screening of Cars 2 next week at an underground bunker in an undisclosed location somewhere in America. No purchase necessary.

*Not full-time Pixar employees. Let's say honorary Pixarians.

Infographic: Animation at the Oscars

The folks at Border Stylo (a tech company, strangely enough) have created this excellent infographic with key facts about the history of animated films at the Academy Awards.

Click to expand.

Cars 2 characters: Francesco Bernoulli & The Topolinos

The rollout of new Cars 2 characters continues with the very Italian Uncle Topolino; his wife, Mama Topolino; and race car Francesco Bernoulli. These character stills and histories are up on Disney's recently updated Cars 2 site.

Francesco Bernoulli grew up in the shadow of the famous Monza race course in Italy where he and his friends would sneak onto the track and race the famous Pista di Alta Velocita bank turn. He was an instant winner on the amateur circuit and soon became an international Formula Racer champion.

The ladies love Francesco’s open wheels, the youngsters look up to his winning spirit and fellow racers envy his speed. But Francesco’s biggest fan is Francesco himself, as evidenced by his racing number. as the most famous race car in Europe, #1 Francesco is a favorite to win the World Grand Prix, which also makes him Lightning McQueen’s chief rival.

In the small village of Santa Ruotina, near Porto Corsa, Luigi’s favorite uncle, Uncle Topolino, resides with his beloved wife, Mama Topolino. Uncle Topolino is the owner of the village’s tire shop, where he taught Luigi and Guido everything they know, though Uncle Topolino is full of sage advice about more than just tires.

To all who know her, Luigi’s aunt, Mama Topolino, is a masterful cook with the best fuel in the village of Santa Ruotina, near Porto Corsa, Italy. Though she has a loving, but fiery relationship with her husband, Uncle Topolino, she shows her love and generosity for both family and friends by feeding everyone her renowned delizioso fuel.

This is isn't in the official description but the last name Topolino is both a tribute to the Fiat 500 "Topolino" and a bit of a Disney in-joke: Topolino ("little mouse") is Mickey's name in Italian.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Annie Awards now officially a joke

As feared, the 38th Annual Annie Awards, held last night in Los Angeles, was largely a farcical
celebration of "Gold Sponsor" DreamWorks Animation SKG.

Toy Story 3 didn't take home any of the (only three) awards for which it was nominated, the same fate as befell WALL-E two years ago, before Disney and Pixar decided to withdraw support from the Annies due to its corrupt voting rules.

Get this: In all but one of the categories in which a DreamWorks project was nominated, DreamWorks won. Two of the categories had only DreamWorks nominees.

Day & Night
won for Best Animated Short Subject, but only because DreamWorks didn't have a contender in that race. They let it win.

Props to Pixar for not playing along with this shameful charade. The animation community deserves better.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Randy Newman to perform at Oscars

Randy Newman will perform "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 live at the 83rd Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced this afternoon.

I've been waiting for this announcement since "We Belong Together" got its much-deserved Best Original Song nomination last month.

Tune in to the Oscar telecast on Sunday, February 27 at 8 PM ET/5 PT on ABC in the U.S. and CTV in Canada. For international broadcast information, check local TV listings.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cars 2 characters: Acer & Grem

High resolution stills and character descriptions for Cars 2's "ruthless lemons", Acer and Grem, have debuted at Stitch Kingdom. SK also has standard-definition turntable videos for both.

We learn from the descriptions that Acer and Grem were driven (pardon the pun) to a criminal lifestyle by years of outcast status because of their makes: AMC Pacer and Gremlin. The two are now henchmen for Professor Z, the film's main antagonist.

25 Years of Pixar by David A. Price

To celebrate Pixar's milestone 25th anniversary, I invited David A. Price, author of the excellent 'unauthorized biography' of the studio, The Pixar Touch, to contribute a piece on how it all got started. He graciously accepted my invitation.
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On February 3, 1986, Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith, and Lucasfilm vice president Doug Johnson sat down in a law firm conference room with Steve Jobs, then recently ousted from Apple, to sign the papers that would give Jobs the keys to Lucasfilm’s computer graphics group. The new company would be called Pixar.

Pixar came close to death time after time in the years that followed. It failed at making and selling computer hardware; its product, the Pixar Image Computer, was supposed to sell by the truckload to hospitals, research labs, and defense agencies. It flopped.

Pixar then remade itself into a software company, selling high-end software for rendering 3D graphics (a product then known as PhotoRealistic RenderMan) along with consumer-level software for creating 3D typography (Typestry) and 3D scenes (ShowPlace).

Year after year, Pixar kept posting multi-million dollar losses. By 1994, a despairing Jobs had tried to unload all or part of the company on Hallmark, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, and finally—of all companies—Microsoft.

What would save Pixar was a tiny group consisting of an ex-Disney animator and a couple of technical guys who created brilliant animated short films to promote the company and test its software.

My own introduction to the company came from seeing one of their efforts, an unfinished version of
Tin Toy, at a conference in the late 1980s. I was astonished by the humor and pathos John Lasseter had brought to the medium of computer animation—as astonished as I’d been by the opening shots of Star Wars a decade earlier.

When Pixar went beyond the conference and animation-festival circuit and into the multiplex with
Toy Story in 1995, it changed the art and business of animation overnight. True, if Pixar hadn’t made the first computer-animated feature film, someone else eventually would have. But if Toy Story hadn’t been a superlative film, it’s doubtful computer graphics would have taken over feature animation as it did.

Pixar’s most extraordinary creation, perhaps, is its repeatable process for creating stories that audiences will want to see. I don’t mean a “formula,” but a way of incubating stories: putting story development in the hands of the director and providing regular feedback from a director’s peers.

I have lost count of the number of
Harvard Business Review articles and blog entries that have looked at the studio’s process of fostering creativity and innovation. What fascinates me is that in Hollywood, where imitation is far from a dirty word, there’s so little imitation of Pixar’s very successful methods.

On this, Pixar’s 25th anniversary, I wish Ed, John, Steve, and the rest of the Pixar family many more successes to come.

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company is available in paperback from Vintage Books.