May 5, 2000 |
Pixar Inc., riding the success of the computer animated film "Toy Story 2," said its earnings soared in the first quarter to $26.4 million, or 53 cents a share, in the first quarter from $900,000, or 2 cents, a year ago, well above analyst expectations of 45 cents. Revenue climbed to $61 million from $3.4 million. Separately, Pixar said that former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Joe Roth joined its board. Pixar's earnings tend to rise and fall rapidly based on the release schedule of its films.
May 25, 2011 |
Crews of hundreds can typically spend years making a single animated feature — and it's not uncommon during what "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson describes as a "messy, creative process" for a director to be fired midway through a production. It happened to Jan Pinkava, who was directing 2007's "Ratatouille" before Brad Bird took over the Oscar-winning Pixar film. And it happened to Chris Sanders ("How to Train Your Dragon"), who was removed from Disney's "American Dog" in 2006, before it was reimagined as "Bolt.
February 16, 1998 |
Officials at Pixar, the company that created the computer graphics for the movie "Toy Story," have filed suit over an anonymous e-mail message that revealed the salaries of the company's 400 employees. The e-mail distributed two weeks ago was attributed to Pixar Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who has denied sending it.
June 30, 1994
Leading Japanese and American animation designers and state-of-the-art animation technology will take center stage at Anime Expo '94, a major animation industry convention to be held Friday through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Marriott hotel.
July 1, 2006 |
Twenty-two years ago, computer animation was just a byte in Pixar guru John Lasseter's eye. Now, he's the director of "Cars," "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," not to mention the new animation chieftain of the Walt Disney Co. But back then, he was just a young animator who'd been canned from the Mouse House and had started working at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, the special-effects powerhouse.
July 1, 2008 |
I VIVIDLY remember two things about having breakfast with Pixar guru John Lasseter earlier this year. One was that my back was out, so unable to sit comfortably, I had to take notes either standing up or lying down on the carpet of his hotel suite. The second was that when I asked him how Pixar had managed to rack up such an astounding streak of hit films, he said simply, "Quality is the best business plan of all."