Monday, March 23, 2015

Pixar Collection: The Pixar Touch by David A. Price

Here's a great book I got a while back- The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company by author David A. Price. I recently realized that I had never documented it here on the blog, so here it is!

Official synopsis:
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 animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, 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 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.

The Chapters:
  1. Anaheim
  2. In the Garage 
  3. Lucasfilm
  4. Steve Jobs 
  5. Pixar, Inc. 
  6. Making it Fly (1)
  7. Making it Fly (2)
  8. "It Seemed Like and All-Out War"
  9. Crisis in Monstropolis 
  10. Emeryville 
  11. Homecoming 
  12. Epilogue
All in all, this is a pretty definitive [and honest] look at the creation of Pixar from the early beginnings of the company up through the production of Wall·E. The trials and hardships that the founders (and other employees) experienced are documented as well as their inspiring successes.

There are some really fantastic details, little-known facts and insights into the company here in this book that you don't get by just watching the few Pixar documentaries out there. It's absolutely a must have for Pixar fans!

The book retails for about $15 and is 274 pages long (310 with the Index). Order your copy below on Amazon.

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