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Summary

One day in November 1994, Lawrence Levy received a phone call out of the blue from Steve Jobs, whom he'd never met, offering him a job running Pixar, a little-known company that had already lost Jobs $50 million.

With Pixar's prospects looking bleak, it was with some trepidation that Levy accepted the position. After a few weeks he discovered that the situation was even worse than he'd imagined. Pixar's advertising division just about broke even, its graphics software had few customers, its short films didn't make any money and, on top of all that, Jobs was pushing to take the company public. Everything was riding on the studio's first feature film, codenamed Toy Story, and even then it would have to be one of the most successful animated features of all time....

Full of wisdom on bringing business and creativity together, and recounting the touching story of Levy's enduring friendship with Jobs, To Pixar and Beyond is a fascinating insider's account of one of Hollywood's greatest success stories.

©2017 Lawrence Levy (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

Critic reviews

"This book, like Pixar's story, is truly remarkable." ( E&T Magazine)
"A magnifying glass held to the small print that is needed to make magic." ( The Sunday Times)
"A charming, upbeat tale...much like one of the studio's own animated features." ( Financial Times)

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Pixellent!

I don’t normally write reviews unless something really moves me to do so.

I have been a fan of Pixar ever since I saw Luxo Jnr featured on a Children’s animation show when I was about 8 years old, this was then followed by Tin Toy and then Knick Knack. These pictures I was seeing and the characters involved left a mark on me that I would never forget.

When I found this audio book I was taken back to how I felt when I was a kid but at the same time very much in the present as both a business owner and techie. No matter whether I was listening as an adult or as the child in me this story fascinated me on all levels. Hearing how Woody, Buzz and all the rest of the Pixar cast went from a sketch to being alive and making us fall in love with them was an amazing tale.

This book is beautifully balanced between business and pleasure and I cannot rate it enough. It is ok to dream and believe that anything is possible and this book proves that.


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Not quite what I expected..

Ahhhhh.....this isn’t what I had hoped for. This is not a story of creativity, technology, story telling and animation. It’s a business discussion, as told from an accountants perspective.

Yes, it’s an interesting insight into the emergence of Pixar as a unique and global success but it’s more about the numbers than the films.

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Somehow I knew it would be great.

I finished this in just under 2 days. It was such a intriguing ride through the history of Pixar and I've come away with x10 more respect for the company and Steve Jobs.

From an avid android user, entrepreneur and storyteller.

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An exhilarating business and life journey!

The story itself and the lessons learnt of business, strategy and also life lessons are priceless! The narration is one of the best I've heard! Absolutely recommended for any avid student of business, strategy, philosophy and life in general!

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A page turner :-) Insights from Pixar’s CFO

Loved the book. Amazing insights from Pixar’s CFO’s perspective - mentions of Steve Jobbs, aplenty of course :-)

By the time most of us heard of it, it seemed like Pixar was an overnight success but it was anything but! The book is well worth it and I finished it in under a week!!

Very well read. It would be nice if the publisher included chapter headings, which the narrator does read out at the start of each chapter.

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Incredible.

One of the best books I’ve ever listened to. Loved it so much. Thank you Lawrence for creating it.

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Great book that tails off on the end

The first 90% of this book was amazing- had to 2X the speed to finish it though.

Highly recommend if you are interested in business relationships or the inner workings of how small companies grow into massive and

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Sublime

Great insight into Pixar. Coming off the back of Creativity Inc this is another amazing look into the Pixar story but specifically Steve's role.

Before these two books I hadn't quite realised he was connected to them. I also particularly enjoyed hearing about another side of him, a more human side.

The narrator conveyed the emotions well and not once was he monotonous in his story telling.

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Boring book

Thought I'd give it a try to find out more about Pixar but to be fair it was more like a homage maker to Steve Jobs.

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Great listen

Brilliant story from start to finish. Would highly recommend this book.
Very well written and narrated.