Pixar is insanely pressurized -- but in a good way
Given how colorful, funny, and joyful most Pixar movies are, it might be easy to assume that working at the animation giant is like manning the sugar nozzle at a candy factory. But don't forget: This is also the company that sent Buzz and Woody into a furnace in Toy Story 3, killed off Bing Bong in Inside Out, and made the gut-wrenching 10-minute intro of Up. These people are monsters -- and not the fuzzy kind you find in Monsters, Inc. So, what's it like to work with them?
According to Stanton, having a job at the studio is like being on a team of incredible athletes -- or living in the Olympic Village. "Everybody is an overachiever," he says. "Everybody is trying to make something the best they can and beat their time. They're trying to break a record and make something better-looking, funnier, and more entertaining. It's invigorating and you get a lot out of it, but you work your ass off."
That hard work shows: Take a look at any random image in a movie like Finding Dory and you'll see countless subtle details that are labored over for hours by skilled animators. The film's jokes, character arcs, and story beats are treated with the same care. Stanton describes making a movie as a marathon. "You're not relaxed," he says. "You're not kicking back and laughing."