Revolutionaries: Creativity, Inc. with Ed Catmull

About This Episode



Ed Catmull had a dream: to be an animator and artist. When he learned that he lacked the talent for hand-drawn animation, he turned to physics and computing. In 1986, Catmull found Pixar Animation Studios with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. Nine years later, Pixar released Toy Story, the first feature-length film created entirely on computers, and it changed animation forever.

The environment that Catmull and his Pixar colleagues built, and continue within Disney, is based on philosophies that honor the creative process, strike a delicate balance between artistic storytelling and skilled engineering, and defy convention. In "Creativity Inc.," Catmull reveals some of the secrets of Pixar’s success and describes his own approach to inspiring excellence in a very large organization over the long term.

Ed Catmull, a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, joins John Hollar for a conversation about how to build a sustained creative culture, nurturing both the technical and artistic “poles of creativity.”

Revolutionaries is the Computer History Museum´s acclaimed speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. The audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

*Recorded at the Computer History Museum May 8, 2014