When Woody Met Mickey

Apple's Steve Jobs is selling his movie studio to Disney. Can Pixar reanimate the Magic Kingdom?


Hollywood and Silicon Valley have never mixed well. You've got cinéastes vs. nerds, celluloid vs. digital, silicone vs. silicon. Then there is Pixar, the delightfully confounding combination of the two: part high-tech shop, part movie studio. Headed by Apple Computer's Steve Jobs and run by John Lasseter, an animator hailed as the next Walt Disney, Pixar has made exactly six computer-animated features in its 20-year history, from Toy Story to The Incredibles. Every one was a smash. Every one was distributed by Disney, which also shared costs and profits.

So how much is the wonderful world of Pixar worth? More than...

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