Pixar’s Films Are Released Unfinished

A while ago, I read somewhere that great art is never finished, only abandoned. Hence when I came across a beautiful letter written in 2008 by a young man named Adam to Pete Docter, the award-winning director of Monsters, Inc. and, more recently, Up, I was impressed by Doctor’s acknowledgment of this very fact. In the letter Adam spoke of his admiration for Doctor. As an amateur filmmaker and huge fan of Pixar‘s animation, he mentioned his desire to work for the studio in the future and hoped to receive a signed photograph from his idol, one of the most important people at Pixar.

Sure enough, months later a lovely handwritten note arrived on Adam’s doorstep.

You can find more about Adam’s writing on his blog, Disney, etc, but for now, enjoy this beautiful letter the young man received.

Transcript

10.17.08

Hey Adam!

First off, let me apologize for taking so long to respond to your very kind letter. Things are pretty nuts around here. You had asked for an autographed photo of me; I don’t really have anything like that, not being famous. But here is a drawing of me for you.

[Illustration]

I’m sure you can see the resemblance.

You are sure right about the importance of a good story in movies. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of work (and rework, and rework and rework) to get it right. And even then quite often we’re not 100% pleased.

As John Lasseter likes to say, our films don’t get finished, they just get released.

Hope you enjoy “UP” next year!

Pete Docter

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