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To Pixar and Beyond

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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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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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!

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Pixar story great, ending... Not so much

Mostly very enjoyable but the ending seemed shoehorned in and doesn't fit with the rest of the book

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Brilliant

Loved it. Very humbling and grounding at times. Great to hear the story of what goes on in the background of such a great studio, of people who can sometimes be overlooked in the development of a film.

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ok but not a must read/listen

interesting enough but somewhat self-indulgent. especially when he goes into the 'and beyond' bit. t

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Didn't want it to end

You could relate with everyone in the book and introduces a different angle to a much loved company. Excellent book.

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Amazing!

Absolutely loved this book, every minute of it. I especially enjoyed how heavily Steve jobs was part of the book and hearing about a genius from another angle was fascinating.

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wow

WOW JUST WOW i jave always dreamed of qorking for.pixar and Disney as artist but here the story of how pixar was built and to find out that pixar almost never was

for amy true disney fan this is a must listen