A pioneer of modern animation, notably the computer-generated animation that dominated the mid- to late ‘90s, John Lasseter started out doing traditional hand-drawn work. His passion for animation began in high school and, after writing an exuberant letter to Disney Studios, he started studying art and drawing on his own. Shortly after graduation, Lasseter became the second student to be accepted into Disney’s new animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. In the summers, he worked as an apprentice at the Disney Studios. While in school, he created two short films, Lady and the Lamp and Nitemare, both of which won Student Academy Awards. Shortly after graduation, Lasseter was hired by the Disney feature animation department and he spent the next five years there, working on such features as The Fox and the Hound (1981) and the short Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983).
In 1982, Lasseter received his first exposure to computer animation… read more
Telling stories in one form or another was Joe Ranft’s lifelong passion. Born in 1960 in Pasadena, he grew up in Whittier, where his early interests included movies, drawing, performing in school plays, and doing sleight-of-hand magic.
Joe was widely respected as one of the top story artists in the animation industry. He was one of seven writers nominated for an Academy Award® for best original screenplay for Toy Story, but Ranft spent most of his time drawing storyboards for animated films.
“I don’t know if people really understand what I do,” Joe said in a 1998 interview. “When I say that I do story for animation, they say, ‘Oh, you’re a writer!’ If I tell them I’m kind of a writer, but I draw, they get this puzzled look. But when I say, ’I’m the voice of Heimlich,’ the light bulb goes on and they say, ‘Oh, great!’”
(Ranft got the role as Heimlich in A Bug’s Life after John Lasseter noticed that his wife, Nancy, laughed harder at Ranft’s temporary dialogue during… read more
Well, I don't get why everyone hates this so much. I thought it was very warm and soulful and it made me cry TWICE! I have to say I do prefer Toy Story and Ratatouille but I didn't think it was bad at all. It's funny, emotional and I don't think it's strictly a kids film at all. I enjoyed it overall.
The sequel was a complete insult to Pixar's reputation, but the first Cars tells the Doc Hollywood story in a very interesting fashion. After all, Mater's a fun character when he's not the main focus for up to two hours.
Don't get why this has a bad reputation to it. I loved "Cars." I found it to be exciting, humorous, fun, and kind-hearted. The sequel, on the other hand, was probably Pixar's weakest film, yet it was still fun and amusing.
I've only watched a few minutes of it. Because it was so painfully stupid, I bailed as fast as I could. I could see the erosion of audience member braincells right before my eyes (and I caught it alone while channel surfing). The fact that so many other people saw how bad it was makes me think there is some hope for the human race after all. People REALLY need to stop making excuses for movies just because they're made for kids. This is harmfully stupid, obnoxious, hollow, awful filmmaking for kids. And again... I only saw a few minutes of it. But those few minutes were the Family Film equivalent of the animal killing scenes in Cannibal Holocaust or the vagina mutilation scenes in The New York Ripper. Except, unlike those awful abominations, a Mainstream Audience was paying to see this one. Thank God (just an expression) Pixar rebounded with Wall-E or this would have been the beginning of a trend.