Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 03: 20 Years of Pixar

On this day in 2006 The Wonderful World of Disney ABC series aired the program "Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special." Hosted by John Ratzenberger (the voice of many Pixar characters including Hammy the Piggy Bank and Mustafa), the 3-hour documentary showed how Pixar went from a humble little CG studio (producing shorts and TV commercials) to the animation powerhouse studio we know today.
Written, directed and produced by Leslie Iwerks (granddaughter of pioneer Ub Iwerks) it also featured appearances by filmmaker George Lucas, Steve Jobs (of Apple fame who purchased the studio from Lucas and turned it into Pixar), Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter and Roy Disney. Also appearing was Tom Hanks (the voice of Woody), Tim Allen (the voice of Buzz Lightyear), and Billy Crystal (the voice of Mike Wazowski).
In 2007 Iwerks released a more detailed documentary titled The Pixar Story - which was nominated for an Emmy.

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