To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios

Overview

In 1986, gifted animator John Lasseter, technology guru Ed Catmull, and visionary Steve Jobs founded Pixar Animation Studios. Their goal: create a computer animated feature, despite predictions that it could never be done. An unprecedented catalog of blockbuster films later, the studio is honoring its history in this deluxe volume. From its fledgling days under George Lucas to ten demanding years creating Toy Story to the merger with Disney, each milestone is vibrantly detailed. Interviews with Pixar directors, ...

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Overview

In 1986, gifted animator John Lasseter, technology guru Ed Catmull, and visionary Steve Jobs founded Pixar Animation Studios. Their goal: create a computer animated feature, despite predictions that it could never be done. An unprecedented catalog of blockbuster films later, the studio is honoring its history in this deluxe volume. From its fledgling days under George Lucas to ten demanding years creating Toy Story to the merger with Disney, each milestone is vibrantly detailed. Interviews with Pixar directors, producers, animators, voice talent, and industry insiders, as well as concept art, storyboards, and snapshots illuminate a history that is both definitive and enthralling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811850124
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 527,241
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 12.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Paik is the author of The Art of Ratatouille. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ed Catmull is the president of Pixar, and a winner of the Coons Award, the highest achievement in the computer graphics field.

Steve Jobs is the former CEO of Pixar and a current board member of Disney. He is also the CEO of Apple, Inc.

John Lasseter is the chief creative officer at Pixar, and the director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars.

Leslie Iwerks is the author of The Hand Behind the Mouse. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    Beautiful book

    This is a beautiful book, that should appeal to Pixar fans of all ages. The book is printed on high quality paper, and is filled with full color illustrations, photographs, and rendered film images.

    The book covers the history of Pixar, from its early roots as an R&D department at George Lucas's ILM through late 2007 when it was purchased by Disney. The story arc of this true history is full of quirky characters, wrongdoing, and the triumph over long odds.

    I especially enjoyed learning about the philosophy and culture of Pixar: how they treat their employees, how they value the input and skill of their team, and how they place exacting demands on themselves to make the best movies possible.

    If you enjoy Pixars films and are interested in learning more about how they are made, how the company came to exist, and the challenges they faced to get that first film in theaters you should get a copy.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Pixar succeeds

    I have enjoyed Pixar Animation films from the beginning. The films always have a good screenplay, interesting backgrounds and character details. I wanted to know more about the company, such as how it began and progressed to what is today. This book, To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios, met my expectations. Chapters are devoted to feature length films up to and including Cars. The evolution of computer animation is explained. The book has many sketches and rendered images to see and enjoy. Mini-biographies are written for the various directors, producers and other key staff members. Many of the animated shorts are discussed. This book is not only recommended for movie viewers but also for anyone who may be interested in a career of computer animation for feature films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    If you or your child are big Pixar fans than I promise you absolutely will love this book. My son is 7 years old and I purchased it for an early Christmas Gift. He actually took an Art Class with Matthew Luhn from Pixar the day it came out. The book is wonderful for the whole family to enjoy. It's one of those books you will have for a very long time.

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