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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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    Cameron Manchester, TN, USA 12-16-08
    Cameron Manchester, TN, USA 12-16-08
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    "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I am a Computer Engineer by profession and so I couldn't get enough of the history of computer graphics at Pixar. More than a story of a company, this is the story of a collection of some of the greatest technical minds in graphics at the time who just happened to want to make films.

    A must read for anyone in a technical field.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Don Panorama City,, CA, United States 12-12-08
    Don Panorama City,, CA, United States 12-12-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Not bad"

    Although I was expecting more analysis of each film in relation to the history of the company, the overall content was presented with authority and frankness. The ending of the audiobook, however, seemed too quick without much of a conclusion. Details of Steve Jobs' struggle to keep Pixar during his lean years was of most value, as was the way Jobs' orchestrated the IPO of Pixar with flair for maximum value. All in all, a valuable listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Pontiac, MI, United States 02-03-10
    Bruce Pontiac, MI, United States 02-03-10
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    "Very thorough"

    If you want to know what personal events lie in the history of all the major players that contribute to Pixar's culture, both friend and foe, this is the book for you. It goes into many backstories of the Disney Feature Animation Studios, Apple Computer, Industrial Light & Magic and other such behemoths because they're all very relevant to shaping Pixar. I already knew much of this general story before reading, but I learned sooooo much more and found every chapter enlightening and reflective. I ended up buying this book as a gift for a fellow artist, I couldn't stop talking about it to him.

    In short, if you enjoyed the Pixar Story on the WALL-E DVD, you'll find this even more delicious and much more detailed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Tippecanoe, IN, USA 05-24-09
    Andrew Tippecanoe, IN, USA 05-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Documents the rise of Pixar"

    The book works through the details of how Pixar got it's start, the key people, the key funders, and then goes through the movies and how they got their start. It's well written, well read, and boring. Don't get me wrong, if you're an Apple fan boy and love all things Jobs you'll like this book.

    I wanted to know why of all the failed computer graphics companies who this one made it. I was more interested in how company culture, or what decision were made that helped the company survive. Somehow the top managers convinces some pretty rich people to keep Pixar alive and pour money into it. They managed to keep people working for the sheer joy of working, etc. It's touched on briefly, but that's it. All in all a good documentation on the growth of Pixar, but that's all it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 09-14-12
    Sean Houston, Texas, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2004

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    "I wish this book were longer"

    I loved the description of the rise of Lassitter and Pixar, but as they got into the individual movies after Toy Story 2, it felt like they were just skimming the subject material. I wish they would have gone into more depth about the later films.

    And I wish the book covered the period that included the development of Cars 2, and what caused Pixar to release such a bad, bad, bad film. I guess I'll have to wait for a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-22-10
    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining"

    Very entertaining book on the evolution of Pixar. Excellent historical research on the pioneers of computer animation as well. One negative...author spends a lot of time explaining the plot on some of the Pixar movies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-15-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-15-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Informative History"

    David Price has given us a current history of Pixar Animation Studios. This book will let listeners in on the technology allowing computer-aided animation which we are coming to enjoy in the theaters. It tells the stories of the back room deals, conflict between geeks and business people, financial maneuvering, and corporate feuds that tracked the growth of Pixar. The book is well written and well read. It will inform the technologically oriented and bring the novice up to speed on the industry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 04-19-14
    Richard 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "More background information"
    Would you try another book from David A. Price and/or David Drummond?

    I would try more books. Reading some background information about companies that capture the imagination of people is interesting.


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    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 03-31-14
    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting history"

    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.

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    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 03-26-14
    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2011

    Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.

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    "Interesting but a bit to technical at times"
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    I really enjoyed the history surronding the start of Pixar. There were many times when they would go into technical detail regarding the new advancements in hardware software. If you like that sort of thing you will love this book. Outside of being lost at times during the explanation of computer advancements. I thougt it was a solid history of the company.

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