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

    Vancouver based mobile experience designer.

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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
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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 11-29-12

    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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    Jennie OVIEDO, FL, United States 09-27-12
    Jennie OVIEDO, FL, United States 09-27-12
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    "Pixar"
    What did you like best about The Pixar Touch? What did you like least?

    Loved the story a lot, very interesting to hear the struggles of the company and how they really over came everything to be where they are today. Also very interesting to learn about the technology. The narrator is a bit dry and it often be a little technical as well as having a lot of names of people to remember, which I found not as enjoyable when listening.


    Was The Pixar Touch worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good book to read before or after Steve Jobs biography.

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    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 09-19-12
    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting "pixels""
    What other book might you compare The Pixar Touch to and why?

    Steve Jobs biography.


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    Interesting book about the dawn of todays best storytelling group - how technology, talent, individuals and percistance has payed off! Interesting info on the behind scenes of each film!

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    Helena Mackay, Australia 09-14-12
    Helena Mackay, Australia 09-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Now I know why I love Pixar Movies"

    I'm so glad I read this book with my ears and not my eyes (otherwise I would have given up because of the pure complexity of the details provided). Amazed to learn how much goes into making a computer animated Movie, and how everything the Pixar team created has filtered down in some form to us mere mortals in our everyday use of computers.

    The story has driven me to re-watch all my Pixar Movie Collection with a new enlightenment into the details I watch and take for granted, like the movement of fur on Sully in Monsters Inc. and the detail required for movement of clothing and hair in The Invincibles. The Pixar team are not just animators they are amazing mathematicians with vision.

    Thank you Pixar.
    (Helena, Mackay Qld Australia)

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    Henry United States 09-10-12
    Henry United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Pixar Touch in three words, what would they be?

    I bought this audiobook for 2 reasons, I wanted to know more about Pixar, and I knew Steve Jobs played a huge part in making it what it is today. Great story.


    What other book might you compare The Pixar Touch to and why?

    The book about Steve Jobs and his history with Apple. Because its another great book.


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

    The amount of Jobs personal money that he put into Pixar.


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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 09-06-12
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.

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    "PIXAR rules the world!!!"

    I always enjoy reading books about how companies came to be, but this one was especially enjoyable because I've been a HUGE fan of PIXAR's movies since I saw Toy Story in theaters back in 1995.

    Granted, the book ends with Disney's acquisition of PIXAR in 2008, but the backstory of it's founders and the company's origin were what I was really looking to learn about. It's a quick, but not brief, listen. Enjoy!

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