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Boston Globe on Pixar’s Success and the Hollywood Studio System

by on June 9, 2009

The Boston Globe has published a feature article examining how Pixar’s techinques for continuing success with critics and audiences can trace their lineage back to the heyday of the Hollywood Studio Era (“a period roughly coinciding with the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, 1933-1945”). Writer Mark Feeny notes that, “what most distinguished Studio Era Hollywood was a devotion to three principles: a corporate approach to creativity, being in it for the long haul (rather than just a one-weekend killing), and reaching every part of the moviegoing public,” to which Pixar has added “unfailing creativity and innovative use of computer technology,” which leads to their success. Several Pixar employees also discuss the environment at Pixar, including Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) and Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up).

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