It is fascinating to know how little could be done in the early days. Even the most rudimentary computer animation took massive computers and completely new algorithms. Some of the behind the scenes information around story creation of Toy Story, Monsters, and Nemo was interesting as well.
For someone interested in computers, animation, or programming -- probably so. For others, it might be too dry/boring.
Just barely. I had to leave it and come back to it a week later a few different times to make it through.
As a long time Pixar fan, I thought I knew a good amount about their history. This book was a whole other level! The origins of Pixar's core members and their journey from dream to reality was well explored. I hope they can follow up someday. I recommend this to any interested Pixar fan. The reading is a bit dry (though this is my first audio book of this type) but does put the right feeling in when it's needed.
A very interesting insight into the making of Pixar and how little the creative ‘geniuses’ new about what they were doing. What stood out was the sheer time and planning process of the movies and the dedication and love poured in by the creators. Pixar really was and is a work of great passion and commitment.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
Terrific if you're into how computer animation was formed. Something we take for granted these days had a very complex and expensive upbringing. This book doesn't get too technical but explains things in a way that you'll understand what's being said. Now I have to go back and compare Toy Story to more recent Pixar films to see how far it's come.
Being part of the industry helped me relate to the process of development. Having made many of the scannable objects for computer manipulation in my time helped me understand their objectives.
I think that computer animated cartoons has faired better than the computer animation for live action films. I still see MUD in a lot of the live action films, blurred scenes that shouldn't be blurred and flatness of dimensional objects. One of the things I'm glad for is that the special effects and prop building technicians are still needed even to render certain things in a computer.
I would try more books. Reading some background information about companies that capture the imagination of people is interesting.
There was a lot I did not know about Pixar before this book. It is an interesting if pretty straightforward account. It only chronicles up through the Disney acquisition. I would love to hear an updated version. Overall, very interesting.