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Publisher's Summary

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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By Bruce on 02-03-10

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.

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By Cameron on 12-16-08

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.

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By Simon on 12-01-15

A great insider view

If you could sum up The Pixar Touch in three words, what would they be?

Informative, creative, deceit

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pixar Touch?

The way everyone came together with a common goal

What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

Good easy listening

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The guys that went to school together ended up forming some of the household software/design companies today

Any additional comments?

This is a great book to learn about the history of the pioneers of computer animation, particularly interesting to see this side of the story and outsiders views on the Disney corp after reading the Walt Disney biography. The book has some interesting facts and is an easy passive listening experience.

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By Miss J. A. Appadoo on 09-20-16

Really interesting

It was a lot more in depth than i thought into the company of pixar and everyone involved. As a filmmaker i found it very inspiring

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