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
Going into technical detail like a stereo manual, court room and corporate minutia like a WSJ editorial, I was disappointed this didn't go into the heart of the creators of the finest films. Pixar knows the human heart as shown in their stories. However this book takes an often clinical look at a feeling soul. The performance is done well for the content but it overall was not what I expected. Interesting but not moving.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
Ok, I admit it, I'm a movie and digital graphics geek. So to me this book was SUCH a treat. I'm pretty familiar with Pixar the movie company, and their history there, but what was so interesting was the decade or so leading up to their first film! And then learning about many of the behind-the-scenes people from Pixar that you probably don't know about.
Anyhow, very very well researched, and a story well told. The story takes you up past the Disney-Pixar merger, and the release of their film "Cars". You also learn quite a bit about George Lucas and Lucasfilm, Steve Jobs, and Disney along the way.
I am so glad that I got this book. You know a book is good when you feel a sense of loss when it is over.
Hear how it all started through the development of Ratatouille and the sale to Disney. A fascinating look into how the magic happens.
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.
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