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Jan 30, 2006, 04:48 PM
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Link: Pixar chief asserts his authority over Disney by axing 'Toy Story 3' (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060130174837)
Description:: John Lasseter, the creative chief of Pixar Animation Studios, has wasted no time asserting who is boss after Pixar's takeover by Walt Disney - by stopping production of Toy Story 3, the controversial sequel to the two wildly successful animated films.

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dashiel
Jan 30, 2006, 05:08 PM
this is fantastic news as it should alleviate fears that disney was going to hurt pixar. clearly this acquisition is going to be more along the lines of the apple/next acquisition, though i doubt jobs will take over as disney ceo. oh and the story idea for TS3 was way too similar to TS2.

24C
Jan 30, 2006, 05:22 PM
There was a huge chance the Disney sequels to the Pixar originals would have sucked...no there is no chance of this happening. If this article is a true version of events than Disney must mean business with this Pixar acquisition, and are looking for Pixar for leadership in their animation.

shrimpdesign
Jan 30, 2006, 05:31 PM
Three cheers for keeping Disney in line! Thank you Mr. Lasseter.

shamino
Jan 30, 2006, 05:43 PM
... And the children come home to kick daddy off of the throne. ...

For those unaware, John Lasseter was originally a Disney "Imagineer". While working on Tron, he got inspired to do an entirely-CGI movie. When Disney showed a complete lack of interest, he left to found Pixar.

I'm sure somewhere in the back of his head, he's thinking "Now who's laughing?"

tk421
Jan 30, 2006, 08:07 PM
Well, John Lasseter wrote and directed the first two Toy Story films. It's his right to shut down this cheap sequel.

For those unaware, John Lasseter was originally a Disney "Imagineer". While working on Tron, he got inspired to do an entirely-CGI movie. When Disney showed a complete lack of interest, he left to found Pixar.

Are you sure he was an Imagineer? I thought he always wanted to be an animator, and was an animator with Disney when working on Tron. He then worked at George Lucas' computer graphics division for a short time doing special effects animation before it was purchased by Steve Jobs and became Pixar.

SiliconAddict
Jan 31, 2006, 12:31 AM
Here's hoping that a new goden age happen at Disney where they don't remake the crap out of existing classics. I've posted this before but it deserves mentioning again. . .Bambi II (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447854/)

The sequels need to stop. Check that BAD sequels need to stop. Occasionally you get a diamond in the rough but its VERY few and far between.

From Win to Mac
Jan 31, 2006, 03:32 AM
as long as pixar keeps crancking out amazing movies, lasseter will have as much power as he wants

Yvan256
Jan 31, 2006, 08:42 AM
For those unaware, John Lasseter was originally a Disney "Imagineer". While working on Tron, he got inspired to do an entirely-CGI movie. When Disney showed a complete lack of interest, he left to found Pixar.

I'm sure somewhere in the back of his head, he's thinking "Now who's laughing?"

So, the guy was at Disney, left, founded Pixar, then Disney bought Pixar and the guy is now in charge again.

Gee, where did I hear a similar story before? :cool:

Go John! Excellent first decision! (axing TS3)

muttondraw
Jan 31, 2006, 09:38 AM
Neither Lasseter nor Jobs were founders of Pixar.

Pixar has quite a long history. Lasseter was brought in to work on demos to illustrate the power of the Graphics hardware Pixar were producing at the time. Jobs bought the company off George Lucas for $10 million (when Lucus was trying to raise cash to fund a divorce settlement.

Lasseter had been at Disney and kept in contact with them when he left, he approached Katzenberg after the critical success of the Pixar shorts and it was Katzenberg who offered to fund a 3 film deal.

Jobs didn't see the potential for Pixar until seeing the public reaction to pre release screenings of Toy Story.

There is a nice little article going into a lot more detail here:
http://lowendmac.com/orchard/06/0123.html

shamino
Jan 31, 2006, 09:57 AM
Are you sure he was an Imagineer? I thought he always wanted to be an animator, and was an animator with Disney when working on Tron. He then worked at George Lucas' computer graphics division for a short time doing special effects animation before it was purchased by Steve Jobs and became Pixar.
That's what I got from this source (http://www.fast-rewind.com/tron.htm). I'd have to go home and re-watch the documentaries on my Tron DVD to be certain.

Either way, he was not very high up the food chain at the time.

atszyman
Jan 31, 2006, 10:26 AM
. . .Bambi II (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447854/)

Man, that got me into trouble this weekend. My wife pointed it out to me.

My first question: "Wasn't Bambi all grown up at the end of the last one?"
Reply: "I think he has a kid in this one"
Me: "So does that mean Bambi gets shot in this one?"
Reply: (evil stare) "Just go away..."

but yes, the sequels have to stop. Why can't they just leave a classic as a classic?

Gasu E.
Jan 31, 2006, 11:45 AM
Here's hoping that a new goden age happen at Disney where they don't remake the crap out of existing classics. I've posted this before but it deserves mentioning again. . .Bambi II (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447854/)

The sequels need to stop. Check that BAD sequels need to stop. Occasionally you get a diamond in the rough but its VERY few and far between.


It seems that the majority of movies made today are either unneccessary sequels, even more unneccessary remakes, or based on comic books.

vollspacken
Jan 31, 2006, 05:07 PM
There is a nice little article going into a lot more detail here:
http://lowendmac.com/orchard/06/0123.html

I was thinking about that article from Lowendmac.com too... nice to know how Jobs stepped into the Pixar arena just when things started to happen and did not care before (well, he DID care, the article mentioned that he sunk LOTS of money into the company when they tried to sell Hardware and Renderman to customers like movie studios and university labs...)

I also like the part about NeXT having to move from their luxury offices to a rented space because they couldn't afford it any more...

vSpacken