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To Pixar and Beyond

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (58 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed Listing To...Well, good luck.'

When I first started listening to "To Pixar and Beyond", I had hoped I was listening to an in-depth management outline by Lawrence Levy, the man who turned Pixar around and help make it the icon we know and love today.

I then thought the word "Fluff" but as I listened I became engrossed and listened to the whole book within a few days and feel I have lost a friend at the end of it. Although, light, LL goes over the essential changes that he and others made that changed a great company into a powerhouse in innovation. I smiled when LL spoke about the Pixar / Disney logos having to be exactly the same size. I had gone through exactly the same situation with a world power company and Cudos for the credits. I appreciated that innovation. I run a small group of companies and like Levy have recently launched a new company that is Responsible Fairtrade that embraces Buddhist principles ( i am a devote Christian but know Jesus and Buddha would have been "Great Buds" if they meet.). Kudos LL.

The book makes light of the IPO but I read a greater strategy in this section. Using Toy Story success as a launching pad to gain market value and independence. I would love to know more in-depth information about this. Jim Morris is a laser light for Disney and LL and SJ are extremely lucky to have had him at the helm.

It is now my objective to study, the culture of Pixar and hopefully adopt at least some of it into my companies.
Well done young LL
I appreciate your book,
Highly recommended.
Now for Creative Inc and the Harvard Business Review on Pixar, when a company is studied and then published in the HBR you know it is special.......


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-2017

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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  • Thomas
  • 01-08-2019

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
  • 03-04-2019

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
  • 11-03-2019

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
  • 05-02-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-2019

informative and intriguing

a fantastic book filled with behind the scenes at one of the most successful creative companies of modern times.

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  • Ducarta
  • 07-12-2018

Somehow I knew it would be great.

I finished this in just under 2 days. It was such a intriguing ride through the history of Pixar and I've come away with x10 more respect for the company and Steve Jobs.

From an avid android user, entrepreneur and storyteller.

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  • Gary
  • 07-10-2018

Absolutely brilliant!

This is a book about the business side of Pixar and could have been a very dry read of facts, figures, and dates. Instead it is a totally riveting story full of fascinating details about the business that have probably never even crossed your mind. The huge hurdles that had to be overcome, the highs and lows and most importantly the people and their feelings and emotions. I can not recommend this book highly enough!

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  • Mr Richard J Baker
  • 30-09-2018

Very engaging, well worth the listen

Reading books like this provides a wealth of experience of life.

Gaining valuable insights into the struggles and achievements of the author helps you to put your own life into perspective and meet your own challenges with less anxiety.

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  • Paul Scott
  • 25-06-2018

Exceptional & engaging. A must Listen.

A fantastic insight into what it takes to create and grow an exceptional business without destroying the culture. Bronson Pinchot's exceptional narration keeps you engaged at all stages in the story. I will be making it a required listen for my Business students.