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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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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.

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Very interesting

Perfect narrator. Great insight into JOBS from a friend/partners perspective, his desire and faith he had for pixar was admirable. Its a good job Toy Story was a hit!

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loved it

Great blend of strategy, story, results and legacy. The storytelling holds transferable business nuggets for consideration

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By far, one of the most touching audiobooks!

You can tell Pixar's masterful storytelling rubbed off on Lawrence in this book. His story had me in the palm of his hand and all I wanted was to know every little detail. I love that the focus of this book wasn't around the art and creative side to Pixar, but on the other guy/s who helped shape the company and push it to the legendary status it has. Lawrence's individual story and interaction with Steve Jobs was genuine, modest and raw. His stories with Jobs brought out a new side to the influential man and portrays him in a satisfyingly more human way than other books do. His descriptions and intimate conversations with Steve made him feel more approachable, genuine and kinder than my previous perceptions of him based off of other books. And Lawrence himself, his approach to work and life makes you feel every emotion and it is impossible not to spend the whole book rooting for his success. A fantastic story, a fantastic insight into the world of Pixar and generally, a book everyone should take the time to read if you work in the creative or financial sectors. If you want to make a difference, go beyond Pixar.

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A heartwarming and fascinating insight into Pixar!

I really enjoyed this! I had no idea just how close we were to not having Toy Story in our lives!

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Will read again

Only picked this up as I grew up on Pixar's creation's.
Great book showing the story of the company that anyone that has ever ventured on their own can relate too also showing a deeper meaning to connection between people - good read recommend it!