“Death’s at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.”

Martins: Mind if I use that line in my next Western? From The Third Man, a 1949 film noir directed by Carol Reed, written by Graham Greene.

“…Toy Story would be about a group of toys and a boy – Andy – who loves them…

…Gradually, over a period of months, the character of Woody – originally imagined as affable and easygoing – became darker, meaner…and wholly unappealing. Woody was jealous. He threw Buzz out the window for spite. He bossed the other toys around and called them demeaning names. He had, in short, become a jerk. On November 19, 1993, we went to Disney to unveil the new, edgier Woody in a series of story reels – a mock-up of the film, like a comic book version with temporary voices, music, and drawings of the story. That day will forever be known at Pixar as “Black Friday” because Disney’s completely reasonable reaction was to shut down the production until an acceptable script was written.

The shutdown was terrifying. With our first feature film suddenly on life support, John (Lasseter) quickly summoned Andrew (Stanton), Pete (Docter), and Joe (Ranft). For the next several months, they spent almost every waking minute together, working to rediscover the heart of the movie, the thing that John had first envisioned: a toy cowboy who wanted to be loved. They also learned an important lesson – to trust their own storytelling instincts.”

Ed Catmull: Creativity, Inc. (2014)

Devin Coldewey@techcrunch / 10:01 am GMT • March 18, 2020: “The 2019 Turing Award, one of the highest honors in computing, was today awarded to Pat Hanrahan and Ed Catmull, founding members of Pixar who helped shape the future of computer graphics. The two will share a $1M prize and of course the satisfaction of receiving this prestigious award for doing something they clearly love.

The award has recently been given to such luminaries as Tim Berners-Lee, cryptographer Martin Hellman, and last year, AI pioneers Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun.

Catmull was at Pixar for more than 30 years, appointed its president from the very beginning as a LucasFilm animation studio bought and repurposed by Steve Jobs. Hanrahan was an early hire, and between them the two would have had enormous effects on the world of CG, even if they hadn’t built the poster child for the technology.”

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