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To Pixar and Beyond

Written by: Lawrence Levy
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One day in November 1994, Lawrence Levy received a phone call out of the blue from Steve Jobs, whom he'd never met, offering him a job running Pixar, a little-known company that had already lost Jobs $50 million.

With Pixar's prospects looking bleak, it was with some trepidation that Levy accepted the position. After a few weeks he discovered that the situation was even worse than he'd imagined. Pixar's advertising division just about broke even, its graphics software had few customers, its short films didn't make any money and, on top of all that, Jobs was pushing to take the company public. Everything was riding on the studio's first feature film, codenamed Toy Story, and even then it would have to be one of the most successful animated features of all time....

Full of wisdom on bringing business and creativity together, and recounting the touching story of Levy's enduring friendship with Jobs, To Pixar and Beyond is a fascinating insider's account of one of Hollywood's greatest success stories.

©2017 Lawrence Levy (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

Critic Reviews

"This book, like Pixar's story, is truly remarkable." ( E&T Magazine)
"A magnifying glass held to the small print that is needed to make magic." ( The Sunday Times)
"A charming, upbeat tale...much like one of the studio's own animated features." ( Financial Times)

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Very well writtten and narrated. Takes you on a journey and doesn't get dull at any point.

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very good

the book is well narrated. The book explains in detail about the history of Pixar. very informative.

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  • 15-10-17

Pixellent!

I don’t normally write reviews unless something really moves me to do so.

I have been a fan of Pixar ever since I saw Luxo Jnr featured on a Children’s animation show when I was about 8 years old, this was then followed by Tin Toy and then Knick Knack. These pictures I was seeing and the characters involved left a mark on me that I would never forget.

When I found this audio book I was taken back to how I felt when I was a kid but at the same time very much in the present as both a business owner and techie. No matter whether I was listening as an adult or as the child in me this story fascinated me on all levels. Hearing how Woody, Buzz and all the rest of the Pixar cast went from a sketch to being alive and making us fall in love with them was an amazing tale.

This book is beautifully balanced between business and pleasure and I cannot rate it enough. It is ok to dream and believe that anything is possible and this book proves that.


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  • MR K R MARSH
  • 01-03-20

Not quite what I expected..

Ahhhhh.....this isn’t what I had hoped for. This is not a story of creativity, technology, story telling and animation. It’s a business discussion, as told from an accountants perspective.

Yes, it’s an interesting insight into the emergence of Pixar as a unique and global success but it’s more about the numbers than the films.

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  • "tallspottygiraffe"
  • 05-02-20

A heartwarming and fascinating insight into Pixar!

I really enjoyed this! I had no idea just how close we were to not having Toy Story in our lives!

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  • Peter
  • 27-01-20

Will read again

Only picked this up as I grew up on Pixar's creation's.
Great book showing the story of the company that anyone that has ever ventured on their own can relate too also showing a deeper meaning to connection between people - good read recommend it!

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  • Chris Hodgson
  • 20-01-20

Pixar story great, ending... Not so much

Mostly very enjoyable but the ending seemed shoehorned in and doesn't fit with the rest of the book

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  • Nick
  • 25-09-19

Brilliant

Loved it. Very humbling and grounding at times. Great to hear the story of what goes on in the background of such a great studio, of people who can sometimes be overlooked in the development of a film.

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  • Thomas
  • 01-08-19

ok but not a must read/listen

interesting enough but somewhat self-indulgent. especially when he goes into the 'and beyond' bit. t

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  • Kurt
  • 03-04-19

Didn't want it to end

You could relate with everyone in the book and introduces a different angle to a much loved company. Excellent book.

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  • Russell tolliday
  • 11-03-19

Amazing!

Absolutely loved this book, every minute of it. I especially enjoyed how heavily Steve jobs was part of the book and hearing about a genius from another angle was fascinating.

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  • Dean
  • 05-02-19

wow

WOW JUST WOW i jave always dreamed of qorking for.pixar and Disney as artist but here the story of how pixar was built and to find out that pixar almost never was

for amy true disney fan this is a must listen

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  • David
  • 24-03-20

A moving reflection on a culture changing company.

It is a humble and touching reflection on Levy’s time in a company that clearly touch his life as much as he helped them. Filled with nostalgia about the times of Pixar it holds plenty of awe about the early stages of the company and how fortunate it is to even exist. He brings it all together in a brief but thought provoking reflection on his spiritual journey. A book I am sure to go back to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-19

A really interesting read.

A great journey into the world of silicon valley and Steve Jobs. Entertaining and fun.

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  • Dan Treasure
  • 25-11-19

Great story but...

Great story about the journey but I feel like it was a little lite on detail about the challenges the company went through to finally reach success. I still enjoyed the book - the reader was excellent at showing emotion throughout.

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  • colin m west
  • 30-08-19

Truly a great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this account of the Pixar business and it’s trials and tribulations as it pressed forward following a challenging path which eventually led to its outstanding success.

The story is told in an unassuming style providing a unique view of the many hurdles and somewhat unusual path to success. Lawrence has written the story in a thoughtful way articulating the human aspects that contributed to the ultimate success which Pixar enjoyed.

Highly recommended and the most enjoyable business book I have listened to in a long time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-19

Must Read...without a doubt

This is one of the best books I have read for a long long time. Captivating storyline and equally impressive narration. A treat for all Steve jobs fan as well.
Give a real insight on how Pixar became an animation behemoth from humble beginnings.

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  • Mad cow
  • 07-08-19

Love these hidden treasures

Well I didn’t know what I was downloading but it was worth every minute a must read if your a toy story fan
How these man stood up an made every Benefit from the movie for the employee and team around them

Shame more companies didn’t do this and the world would be a happier and wealthier place to be in
Narmassa 🙏🏻

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  • Andreas Strauss
  • 06-08-19

fascinating story

learned so much I didn't know about Pixar's history and it's climb to glory. truly interesting and well read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

a beautifully told tale

I'm not a finance or legal person. I have a fleeting interest in business. what I do have is a burning love and passion for Pixar. I love the insight this book gave into the heart and soul of the workings of pixar.

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  • Emma
  • 01-08-19

Fantastic until the last couple of chapters

Fascinating insight into the financial management and the business negotiations around Pixars’ successes. Written in an accessible and captivating manner. Loved it right up to the point he left Pixar and began to study with Tibetan Monks.

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  • Tyler W.
  • 13-03-18

Fantastic listen!

As an Apple fan and a (new) Disney employee, I absolutely loved this read. I finished this just after Creativity, Inc. and it was such a captivating listen and felt like a whole new world from the side of Steve Jobs via Pixar. Absolutely would recommend.