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" I actually feel awkward being at the center of attention. "
" Candor is the key to collaborating effectively. Lack of candor leads to dysfunctional environments. "
" It is not the manager's job to prevent risks. It is the manager's job to make it safe to take them. "
" Creative ideas aren't like Jenga blocks, where they fall apart and you've got to start from scratch, though it can feel that way. "
" I liked the first 'Kung Fu Panda.' "
" It is only by trying new things that we can hope to create products that are original. Don't just say those words; act like you believe them. "
" With every one of our films, we try to touch emotions, but we don't try to touch the same emotions each time. "
" The problem is some of our riskier films just don't make as much money. But if you only make films that will just be commercially successful, then you can also sink yourself as a studio. "
" I love solving the problems of having groups work together and removing barriers. But to actually turn around and be in the center of that is an awkward place to be. "
" We'll fund a project even if I'm skeptical because I'd rather be proven wrong by somebody on the inside than by somebody on the outside. "
" Outsourcing, in and of itself, isn't responsible for the erosion of America's high tech infrastructure. The short-term thinking that led to a lot of bad outsourcing decisions is the root cause. And short-term thinking isn't a problem confined to the executive suite. It's a problem in Washington and in our society as a whole. "
" When I was in high school in the early 1960s, I wanted to be an animator and even took art classes. But by the time I was in college, I realized I couldn't draw well enough. "
" I started off life at Pixar with interesting technical problems. But as time has moved on, I found that the social and management problem was far more complex and interesting. "
" Sometimes a leap of faith doesn't pan out. "
Leap Of Faith
" I apply the term 'creativity' broadly... it's problem solving. We are all faced with problems, and we have to address them and think of something new, and that's where creativity comes in. "
" The desire to avoid meltdowns actually is one of the things that screws up live-action films. "
" The Pixar name means more than any other name. It's very important to us to keep that name at a high level. "
" In life,you're going to have risk, so you have to say, 'My attitude going forward is how to I fix the problem.' And it's not trying to cling onto the past. When I look around, most problems happen because people are trying to cling onto the past. "
" What happened in the early days of Disney is that Walt Disney used all of the new technologies as they came out. When matting came out, they adopted it. They adopted sound and color and xerography. Walt did that. And then, when he died, people began to think that this is just about making films, so they stopped bringing in new technologies. "
" If you put out 20 films, you hope that a number are successful. It's like human reproduction versus frog reproduction. Frogs produce thousands and hope a few succeed. Humans don't produce many babies but put a lot of energy into them, which is kind of where we are. They still don't always succeed, but you try a lot harder. "
" If you're a director presenting a new idea, and the person who can judge whether or not it goes ahead is in the room, that makes you somewhat defensive. "
" Programmers are very creative people. And animators are problem solvers, just as programmers are. "
" Every one of our films, when we start off, they suck... our job is to take it from something that sucks to something that doesn't suck. That's the hard part. "
" I did like 'Despicable Me.' I thought it was quite good. "
" We encourage our people to build their ideas from scratch, and we give them the resources - and, crucially, the candid feedback - that are required to transform the first wisps of a story into a truly compelling film. "
" The skill of a good creative leader is being comfortable with blowing up an idea and knowing it will get better. "
" Believe me, sequels are just as hard to make as original films. "
" My best advice came by examples. A supportive environment at home, school, and grad school. Support at the New York Institute of Technology, then George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and Bob Iger. The examples meant that I should support other people, even when things aren't going well. It will pay off. "
" The Braintrust developed organically out of the rare working relationship among the five men who led and edited the production of 'Toy Story' - John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, and Joe Ranft. "
" We have a whole industry which is gigantic: games. Games is very successful. It's its own art form, though, and it's not the same as a linear narrative. "
" One reason for keeping Disney animation separate from Pixar was that by solving their own problems when they finished a film, Disney could say, 'Nobody bailed us out; we did it.' And it's a very important social thing for them to do that. "