Pixar Story Doc Rolls Out Theatrically Nationwide
October 24, 2007
THE PIXAR STORY, the new documentary from filmmaker Leslie Iwerks (the Oscar-nominated RECYCLED LIFE and THE HAND BEHIND THE MOUSE -- THE UB IWERKS STORY), begins an Oscar-qualifying run on Oct. 23 in 14 major markets across the U.S.
The first in-depth look at the most influential animation studio of its time, THE PIXAR STORY goes behind the scenes of the groundbreaking company that pioneered a new generation of CG-animated feature films. Iwerks uses never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival animation and first hand accounts by animators, studio execs, directors, producers and voice performers to chronicle the company that revolutionized an industry. THE PIXAR STORY includes exclusive interviews with some of the key players in the Pixar story, including John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Tim Allen and Brad Bird.
In 1984, animator Lasseter left his job at Disney to join a quiet revolution in filmmaking taking place in Northern California. A small group of imaginative artists and computer scientists had joined forces to explore the possibilities of CG animation in a project that would transform the art form. Working with two other talented visionaries, engineer Ed Catmull and entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Lasseter imagined a world in which a computer becomes "a multimillion dollar pencil."
From early explorations such as LUXO JR. to Pixar's triumphant feature debut, TOY STORY, they transformed animation with their colleagues like no one since Walt Disney himself. With unparalleled access to the people who shaped its history, THE PIXAR STORY traces the company's initial struggles, early failures and ultimate successes as it reaches the upper echelons of the entertainment business.
Iwerks has documented the ongoing events at Pixar on and off since 2001. "In a relatively short period of time, Pixar went from a bootstrap enterprise run by some pretty daring risk takers to a multi-billion dollar corporation that sets the standard for an entire industry," said Iwerks. "The film is in large part a tribute to their tenacity and creativity, their unwillingness to give in when it seemed impossible to win, and to continue their creative journey no matter how difficult it became."
A companion book to The Pixar Story titled TO INFINITY AND BEYOND--THE STORY OF PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, by Karen Paik, is based on interviews and research by Iwerks, and is scheduled for release by Chronicle Books in Fall 2007.
THE PIXAR STORY is written, directed by and produced by Iwerks. It was edited by Iwerks and Stephen Meyers, A.C.E. The director of photographer is Suki Mendencevic. Original Score is by Jeff Beal. The Post-Production and Visual Effects Supervisor is John Locke. The film is narrated by Stacy Keach.