Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Pixar Story

On and off downpours today helped to convince me that today would be a day of rest. I figure on this last day of May, it might not be a bad idea to store up some energy for Juneathon 2008, as sponsored by Jogger Blogger. This is another month of putting up mileage every day. When July starts, I begin a more regimented training program. For those who have read Jonathan Dichter's blog, it will be very similar to what he is planning. After his positive review of "Marathoning for Mortals" I picked up a copy and have decided to commit myself to one of their training plans.

So, while lounging around I happened to stumble across a great documentary on Starz this afternoon. It's called The Pixar Story ( and, as you can expect, it's all about the Pixar Company. It begins with the start of computer graphics in the late 70's and early 80's, then progresses through George Lucas' role in pushing the envelope with Star Wars, Steve Jobs eventually kicking in as a financial backer, and it moves up to present day with the merge of Disney and Pixar. John Lasseter is featured throughout and they don't shy away from the part of the story where he was dumped by Disney before making a triumphant return several years later.

I would highly recommend this to any Disney/Pixar fan. I know that there is a school of thought out there does not support the Pixar movement. Those traditionalists should rest assured that it does not appear as though Pixar is trying to eliminate 2-D animation. At the end of the film they discuss the importance of continuing to do what Disney has been known for...the classics...2-D animation. Pixar is just a new component of Disney Animation it's not taking over the whole show.

I'll close with a couple of side notes: Congrats to Craig for winning this weeks prize, a copy of National Treasure 2. Congrats to Jeff from Iowa for completing the Dam to Dam and Chris for knocking out a 9 mile training run. Good luck to Jonathan and Chris both on their upcoming head to head, battle royal!!

7 Months 'til Main Street...ok, maybe 7 months and couple days...but you know what I mean.


DebWDW said...
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DebWDW said...

I'm happy that Pixar came into the Disney fold. It brought back some great people, and hopefully their creative culture will reinvigorate Disney.

Chris said...

Thanks for the Pixar info!

and, I smell what you're cookin'...gotta stop that...this whole WWE thing is outta control! ;-)

Manny, Manny, Manny!

Craig Wheeler said...

Thanks for the heads-up. I'm over a week behind on podcasts, so it may have been several more days before I heard it.

I'm one of those people that never wins anything. So this is pretty cool.