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.
'This book, like Pixar's story, is truly remarkable.'
'A magnifying glass held to the small print that is needed to make magic.'
'A charming, upbeat tale...much like one of the studios own animated features.'
‘A highly readable and gripping story.'
‘[An] enchanting memoir…Mr Levy has quite a story to tell.'
‘Those interested in how start-ups work or how film studios make money will love the book.'
‘I love this book! I think it is brilliant. Of course I am biased, but even so, I think people will love this story - one they didn't even know existed. And Lawrence has told it beautifully.'
‘A lovely and surprising discourse on topics business books rarely touch…eye-opening and inspiring… This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck… Life obviously is about more than business, but few books discuss both so well.'
‘What a delightful book about the creation of Pixar from the inside. I learned more about Mr. Jobs, Pixar and business in Silicon Valley than I have in quite some time. And like a good Pixar film, it'll put a smile on your face.'
‘A finely sketched insider's account of the hard-fought success of a pathbreaking company. Lawrence Levy goes surprisingly and refreshingly deep on the business details behind Pixar's creative achievements. He also shows an intimate side of Steve Jobs that will delight the mercurial businessman's many admirers.'
‘To Pixar and Beyond is part business book and part thriller - a tale that's every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It's also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards. This is a must-read book for anyone who cares about corporate culture and wants to learn how to build a business, as well as everyone who loves Woody, Buzz, and all of the other beloved Pixar characters. I loved this book and could not put it down.'
‘The gripping story of how through hard work, vision, and a devotion to excellence, tiny Pixar transformed itself into a Hollywood powerhouse. But it also something more: a wonderful buddy story - between Levy and Steve Jobs - and how their friendship and partnership transformed them both.'