The Imagineering Story interview

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks is about to unveil her newest documentary. The Imagineering Story is a six-part documentary series which tracks the history and evolution of Imagineering in Walt Disney theme parks, and it serves as a sort of spiritual follow-up to her 2007 film The Pixar Story, which chronicled the genesis of that company and its eventual rise to creative dominance. But this series has a special resonance for Iwerks.

Leslie is the granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney’s original business partner and the co-creator of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Her father was Don Iwerks, a former Disney executive and Oscar winner for his technical contributions to the film industry. Because of her family connections, Leslie was taken behind the scenes of Disney parks as a child and got to see behind the curtain as these engineers were creating new additions to “The Happiest Place on Earth.” I sat down with Iwerks a couple of weeks ago to talk to her about her new documentary, how she’s trying to share some of the wonder she felt as a kid, the definitive Disney theme park attraction, and more.  Read More »

The Pixar Story Movie Trailer

The Pixar Story

I’m a huge Pixar fanatic, if you couldn’t tell from our extensive coverage to their upcoming film WALL-E. A few months ago we featured the book To Infinity and Beyond! The Story of Pixar Animation Studios in our Cool Stuff feature. But what many people don’t know is the book is actually based on interviews and research by Leslie Iwerks, who has compiled everything into an 87 minute documentary. The Pixar Story has played at numerous film festivals, and will be premiere on STARZ movie channel on April 22nd at 10:00pm eastern time. The film’s trailer is now online, watch it below.

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