The Bottom Line
- Provides a real inside look at the people behind Pixar
- Explores the initial conflict between CG and hand-drawn animation
- Lets audiences put faces to the names responsible for the current state of animation
- Any controversial issues are handled with kid gloves
- Features interviews with Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Steve Jobs, Brad Bird, Roy Disney, Tom Hanks, and George Lucas
- Written, produced, directed and edited by Leslie Iwerks
- Running Time: 87 minutes
- Rated: G
Guide Review - The Pixar Story Review
Iwerks’ documentary sheds light on how a bunch of geeks – and I use that term affectionately - created the company from the ground up, inventing the software to perform the complicated tasks, and coming up with engaging stories to captivate families worldwide. Iwerks incorporates video shot when Pixar was just a dream, and that footage is the film's most compelling. Watching the men behind Toy Story, Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, and A Bug's Life struggle to get their artistic visions up on the big screen offers a unique behind-the-scenes peek at all the maneuvering that goes on in each stage of the filmmaking process.
The central message of Iwerks' The Pixar Story is that storytelling is the key, not the technology used to get there. The Pixar Story should be required viewing for film school students as it shows what following through and persevering through hardships can get you. Animation fans and those who like to look behind the curtain will also get a kick out of this film.