Now Playing: Iwerks’ Pixar Documentary

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Starting today, Leslie Iwerks independent documentary The Pixar Story will begin a small Oscar-qualifying run in 14 select cities across the United States.

The film contains never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with exclusive interviews with some of the key players in the Pixar story including John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Brad Bird, Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal and more. Go see it if it’s playing in your area – it’s incredibly informative and very entertaining.

SCREENING SCHEDULE: October 23-25, 2007
Chicago – Landmark Century Centre Cinema
Dallas – Landmark The Magnolia
Detroit – Landmark Maple Art Theatre

October 30 – November 1, 2007
Washington DC – Landmark E Street Cinema
New Orleans – Landmark Canal Place Cinema
Denver – Landmark Chez Artiste
Seattle – Landmark Metro Cinemas

November 6-8, 2007
San Diego – Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas
Boston – Landmark Kendall Square Cinema
Atlanta – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Milwaukee – Landmark Downer Theatre
Indianapolis – Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Minneapolis – Landmark Lagoon Cinema

November 13-15
San Francisco – Landmark Lumiere Theatre

Iwerks’ award-winning theatrical documentary The Hand Behind the Mouse-The Ub Iwerks Story will be included on the forthcoming Disney Treasures: Oswald The Lucky Rabbit dvd, on sale Dec. 11th.

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  • http://www.daganm.blogspot.com Dagan

    OH, NICE!!! :)

    This sounds like an absolute MUST-SEE!

    I found ‘DroidMaker’ to be an extremely informative and entertaining book dealing with Pixar’s beginnings which sprouted from George Lucas and ILM… But I’m jonesin’ to find out what happened after Catmull, Lasseter, Smith, Jobs and co. actually broke-away to FORM Pixar!… The book pretty much ends after the gang decides to break-off on their own, although they DO stay on the ILM ‘campus?’ …very interesting! But alas, no New York or Philadelphia screenings of the film as of yet, i see. :( … The NYC animation nerds like myself will hafta’ wait!… I’m sure it’ll be worth it. :)

  • http://www.mukpuddy.blogspot.com mukpuddy

    We love this doco! They played it at comic con and it was awesome!!

  • red pill junkie

    I hope this doco gets international distribution.

  • Mike C.

    I’d like to see it, but how come it’s not playing in Los Angeles? :( ???

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

    Mike C.How come it’s not playing in Los Angeles?

    Because it already played Los Angeles – back in August!
    See our previous posting:

    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/the-pixar-story

  • http://wwww.vitaminsteve.com Steve Flack

    What about New York?

    Nothing good ever comes to this godforsaken city!

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com j.j. sedelmaier

    When considering a screening in NY, maybe we can lobby for a showing at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville ?

  • http://wwww.vitaminsteve.com Steve Flack

    When considering a screening in NY, maybe we can lobby for a showing at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville?

    Pleasantville? Well, that might as well be California.

  • http://tikirox.blogspot.com Nelson Diaz

    If in NY, it’d be great to see it at the Ziegfield. Just saw Blade Runner: The Final Cut there and it was amazing!

  • http://www.filmbuffonline.com Rich Drees

    What’s the rational (if any) of putting it in the Oswald set?

  • Floyd Norman

    It ain’t easy being an overnight success.

    Like the Disney company, Pixar faced extinction several times in their history, but continued to reinvent itself in order to survive.

    I was always a fan, and still have a Pixar coffee mug I picked up at a trade show over twenty years ago. I never dreamed of working for Pixar, or even meeting Steve Jobs. Fortunately for me, both dreams came true.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I got to see this wonderful film at Comic-Con this year, and encourage folks to go see it for themselves if it’s in your area.

  • K.Borcz

    I hope they play it again here in Chicago cause midweek at 12 and 2 isn’t possible for me. I really wanna see it. :(

  • Paul N

    I imagine the reason the Ub documentary is going on the Oswald set is because Ub and Walt started out in animation together, and this collection represents the earliest Disney work that has had an official release to date.

    Just guessin’

  • Danielle

    This is a wonderful documentary! I saw it when it played in Pasadena a little while back and I encourage everyone to go. It was really inspiring and it is good to remember that just because Pixar is a household name now, doesn’t mean it was always so. We all struggle to survive, even a successful entity like Pixar. It certainly made me feel better.

  • http://www.scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    I’m in Seattle Nov. 1 for the 2Dornot2D Festival, so most likely will be checking out the film! Looking forward to it.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com Robert

    I caught it this afternoon. It’s a pleasant film, but if you’ve been following the published news about Pixar and its principals over the years it won’t have anything you haven’t heard before. Outside of a comment about Jeffrey Katzenberg that might be construed as negative, it only names people that it has good things to say about. ‘

    That may well be an accurate account but as a film , even as a documentary, the element of drama in the telling of the story is lacking.

    If you missed it in the theater, don’t feel bad, a DVD release will do it justice especially since so much of the footage is rather blurry NTSC video.