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The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company | [David A. Price]

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.
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The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

David A. Price goes behind the scenes of the corporate feuds between Lasseter and his former champion, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as between Steve Jobs and Michael Eisner. And finally he explores Pixar's complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.

©2008 David A. Price; (P)2008 Tantor

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    ABDULHAKK JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 03-25-14
    ABDULHAKK JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Pixar Touch in three words, what would they be?

    The Pixar Touch A great book on how this company started. From Debt to Profit. Sometimes a little bit too technical but I enjoyed the most of it.


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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 02-23-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    Would you listen to The Pixar Touch again? Why?

    It is not the type of book that warrants another listen. I have listened to books about Google, Apple, and Amazon and this account fits well with the other corporate histories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not only was the book a history of Pixar, it was also a history of computer animation and the problems that had to be overcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book does not consist of scenes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Some great characters in animation. It would have been nice to see visual examples of some of the technical problems and how they we're overcome.


    Any additional comments?

    The author spent considerable time discussing some of Pixar's greatest hits, such as Toy Story, Finding anemone, and Cars.

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    Orion Burdick Sunnyvale, CA United States 02-11-14
    Orion Burdick Sunnyvale, CA United States 02-11-14
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    "The best parts center around the films themselves"

    I found this book most interesting when it went into details about the making of Pixar's best films. Most of the specifics are about Toy Story, and the other films unfortunately get much less time. Most of the book is about how the company got started and stayed afloat and it's partnership with Disney, which will be of most interest to those curious about the 3D, tech, and film industries. But mercifully it does not get bogged down with excessive details about business deals and court proceedings like some company biographies do, so it moves along and remains entertaining throughout.

    Computer graphics enthusiasts may not learn many tricks of the trade from this book, but it does get specific about who invented and developed a lot of the modeling, shading, and lighting techniques that we still use today. So it was more technical than I expected. Though it does emphasize the importance of story over technical achievement, which is a key aspect of Pixar's success.

    David Drummond is a narrator I enjoy and he was part of the reason I bought this book. He did an excellent job.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-06-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "The origins of the magic"

    The story of Pixar's writings is almost too strange to believe. A hardware company saved by a financial in flow of capital lifeblood from Jobs as he was having his Apple ripped from his control that evolved into to cutting edge digital animation pioneer that has created an empire and endeared the hearts of generations of children. The artistic roots run deep to the grand old masters of Disney's past but the roots are nourished with the blood sweet and tears of the new generation of story tellers and artists armed with their evolving digital tool set.

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    PC Los Altos Hills, CA 02-03-14
    PC Los Altos Hills, CA 02-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    This is an amazing book on Pixar and its history. This is far different from company books that I have read on Apple or Amazon, which were mostly compilation of what was available on the press, not actual interviews conducted on people who worked there. This book gives good view on how things went at Pixar, so I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested on learning about Pixar.

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    adam Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-01-13
    adam Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-01-13

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    "An interesting look behind the screen."
    What did you love best about The Pixar Touch?

    An in depth look at the history and people that brought the revolutionary studio to the forefront of animation.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The look at the intentions, aspirations, and motivations of the creative minds behind Pixar is a telling parable to others looking to make a creative mark in their own industries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The release of Toy Story and how the world of animation turned a corner that day forever.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this not only as an entertaining read but as an inspirational tale for creatives and tech industries leaders.

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    D. Trasler Canada 03-25-13
    D. Trasler Canada 03-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Multiple failures making success"
    What did you love best about The Pixar Touch?

    The wealth of information about so many people. I learned - actually learned - interesting things about people I have read and known about for years. George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and the Pixar stalwarts like John Lasseter and Brad Bird. Plus I learned about the people behind the company about whom I knew nothing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It laid out the company's success chronologically, but took side trips to lay out the biographies of the characters involved.


    Have you listened to any of David Drummond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    If you could give The Pixar Touch a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Building failures into success.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a "How-To" business building guide, or just a dry success story. It's inspirational in its own way, and a grand tour of the influences of my generation.

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    johan Double Bay, Australia 02-25-13
    johan Double Bay, Australia 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Pixar Touch in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, accurate, exciting


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    It was clear and not over dramatic


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a fantastic audio book. I personally really enjoyed it because I am in the computer graphics industry. But I do think this would make a great listen for everyone who is even remotely interested in computer graphics or computer science.

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    Joel Provost Andover, NH 11-29-12
    Joel Provost Andover, NH 11-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Real what?

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    "Awesome story for a 3d geek like me."
    What did you love best about The Pixar Touch?

    Being a 3d geek who did animation on my Amiga using lightwave, it was fascinating to learn the history of anti-aliasing and motion blur. The story also goes into the behind the scenes of the Pixar block busters. Great listen and I couldn't put it down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the history of 3d animation and the pixar movies.


    What does David Drummond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sounded natural and unforced,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some of the background behind the Disney and Pixar relationship was fascintating.


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    Amy D. Lewis Dunedin, FL United States 10-04-12
    Amy D. Lewis Dunedin, FL United States 10-04-12
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    "It's got the touch"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An inspiring story for anyone with a dream.


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    Drummond's performance fits the story well.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The Pixar movies are even more fun to watch for all the little tributes to other work they contain.


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