Live Like Disney/Pixar Chief Ed Catmull For Just $20 Million

One of Ed Catmull's Hawaii compounds is currently listing for $20 million.

One of Ed Catmull’s Hawaii compounds is currently listing for $20 million.

Disney Animation and Pixar president Ed Catmull is listing one his properties in Kailua, Hawaii, or as Variety puts it, “Pixar Pasha Ed Catmull Peddles Pricey Hawaiian Hideaway.”

Built just two years ago by San Francisco-based Gast Architects, the 10,593-square-feet compound has 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, and 125 feet of beach frontage. The LEED Certified Gold home includes a “resort-size” pool with spa/waterfall, gym, media room, and elevator. Asking price: $20,138,000.

Edwin Catmull. (Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar.)

Edwin Catmull. (Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar.)

Catmull is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit that alleges he was one of the key architects of an industry-wide wage-suppression scheme that kept the salaries of animation industry employees artificially low and prevented them from finding higher-paying work. New evidence is emerging almost weekly of how Catmull misled artists for years so that Hollywood feature animation studios could increase profits.

While Catmull worked to lower the wages of thousands of industry, an action for which he doesn’t apologize, his own income ballooned after the sale of Pixar to Disney, allowing Catmull to acquire a diverse portfolio of American homes. In March 2012, Catmull and his wife Susan sold another house in Kailua for $2.15 million, and a month later, sold a second home in the same neighborhood for $3.5 million. Then, in 2013, the Catmulls paid $6 million for a classic Edwardian home in San Francisco. According to Variety, “Property records show they own several other properties in prime San Francisco locales plus a small bungalow in the upscale Bay Area community of Piedmont that they picked up a few months ago for $900,000 as well as one or two homes in an affluent southern suburb of Salt Lake City, UT.”

Here’s a tour of Catmull’s $20 million beach hideaway. Click on any image to enlarge:



Among the books that are visible on Catmull's bookshelves: two copies of Preston Blair's "Cartoon Animation," "Of Mice and Magic," "Li'l Abner" comic reprints, "Chuck Amuck," E.G. Lutz's "Animated Cartoons," and "Jim Henson: The Works."

Among the books that Catmull has on his shelf: two copies of Preston Blair’s “Cartoon Animation,” “Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men & The Art of Animation,” “Of Mice and Magic,” “Li’l Abner” comic reprints, “Chuck Amuck,” E.G. Lutz’s “Animated Cartoons,” and “Jim Henson: The Works.”

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  • AniPete

    Is the point of this article to show that Catmull has built a small real estate empire on the backs of the low-paid and wage-fixed employees? Am I to feel cheated because Ed Catmull owns many homes and is selling one of them for $20 million?

    I know you’ve got a beef with Catmull and the owners of the other studios who colluded to fix wages (and rightly you should). However, this article seems designed to instill a bit of class envy between the “haves” (Catmull and his ilk) and the “have nots”, us lowly workers who struggle to pay our rent.

    While I feel wage fixing is horrible, I don’t bemoan the fact that Catmull is rich. He has built a successful animation studio from the ground up, took many chances to ensure the success of his company and has reaped the rewards. He is a very lucky man and I hope he knows how fortunate he is.

    • AmidAmidi

      While I feel wage fixing is horrible, I don’t bemoan the fact that Catmull is rich.

      Remind me to never play connect-the-dots with you.

      • jadedjude

        I know right? Wrongly fixes wages, reaps the benefit, is considered a lucky man? Oooooooookay, lol

      • Chicken McPhee

        I think he was trying to say that not all the curbed wages went directly to Catmull’s real-estate escapades, but does that man, who’s been conspiring against artists to keep them down deserve to reap such benefits? Heck no.
        What does he do? Budget and count?
        What other scapegoats do we have for devaluating imagination and creativity in all creative markets in US?

    • wgan

      let’s see how lucky he is this time

    • Rendrman

      I’m not sure how those thoughts can exist in the same post. Becoming wealthy through hard work and ethical business IS something to celebrate. Doing it through illegal and unethical means is not.

    • Ant G

      Way to insinuate the “have nots” care at all what materialistic people do with their money. But in this case, the point of the article is what one rich person is doing with the money >>illegally<< withheld from his employees

    • Marie

      Ed Catmull purposely and unapologetically suppressed hundreds of equally hard-working people’s wages on his way to owning numerous million dollar homes. Just because Catmull took risks and built a company (with a LOT of help from Jobs and Lasseter) doesn’t mean it’s OK to adversely and illegally influence other people’s livelihoods. The rewards he reaped weren’t entirely sown by him. He didn’t single-handedly MAKE the movies that made the millions. I’m so tired of this thinking that the guys at the top of businesses deserve all the spoils while the men and women in the trenches deserve crumbs. The only reward Catmull’s earned is our contempt.

  • wearyveteran

    With the unpaid overtime of others, anything’s possible!

  • Floyd Norman

    Hmmmm. Think he’ll take a check?

  • otterhead

    Yes, huge amazing houses in Hawaii cost a lot of money.
    We’re posting photos of people’s homes now? Does anyone else think this is more than slightly creepy?

    • BurntToShreds

      Interviews with people who used to work for the wage-fixing companies take too much effort, apparently. It’s much easier to post things we already know and throw up a photo gallery to go with it.

    • Kusanagi

      How is it creepy? It’s not like the blog editor or staff visited Ed Catmull’s Hawaiian Hideaway and surreptitiously started taking photos. The photos were taken by Catmull’s real estate agency and made publicly available. This blog just reproduced what was freely provided by the real estate agency. All it really amounts to is more free advertising for Catmull’s house sale.

      I figure Catmull’s lawyers needed a payment so goodbye Hawaiian house. lol

      If these lawsuits do nothing more, at least Catmull is going to be millions of dollars poorer by the end of them.

  • BurntToShreds

    I understand you want to continue reporting on the wage-fixing, but posting a virtual tour of the lavish house he’s put up for sale is barely related to animation. I feel you could write better articles about the scandal that are more in-line with the site’s subject matter.

    • AmidAmidi

      Even if Catmull hadn’t been involved with the wage-fixing, we would have written about this. Cartoon Brew actually has a long history of covering real estate.

      • BurntToShreds

        Regardless of this history, I still feel you could have written a better article than “Look at this man’s expensive house, learn how he got it and hate him for it.”

  • Hey Now

    I’m going to offer him ten dollars for the home, and then forbid all other potential buyers from making any offers.

    • Chicken McPhee

      That’d teach him.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I’m looking at that gym and thinking, “He works out?”

  • Revy

    Yes, Ed helped build one of the most successful American companies from ground up.

    Yes, he has a right to enjoy the wealth he would have naturally gained from the success of his company.

    No, this is not his only home. He has multiple homes of this cost and quality.

    Yes, many of the hard working artists who make every single one of his films possible are forced to live in bad neighborhoods of cities like Oakland because in spite of working for the same successful company as Ed Catmull, they cannot afford any better on the salary he provides to them.

  • HULk

    Looks pretty good. Too bad it was STOLEN.

  • Karl Hungus

    Every time I look at this loathsome scoundrel’s face I consider all of the families that struggled to pay for college for their kids while they worked for the suppressed wages at companies he coerced.

  • khan8282

    yeah it’s kind of like he did it with a vending machine and this is their bastard offspring.

  • K.B.

    Wow,..i guess nickel and dimeing people who work really hard for you and make up the foundation of your success can really pay off.


    He’s trying to keep his real estate agent’s commission low.

  • Chris

    Hypothetically if the alternative to wage fixing was to send the work overseas which would you choose?