The wage fixing scandal that has been brought to light involving Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks is really quite disheartening. It’s absolutely gut wrenching to think that the people who work at these places, who pour so much of themselves, their time, and their talent into the films and projects weren’t being paid what they deserve. It makes me sick to think that such greed could exist, even if this is something that’s “business as usual.”
I’m extremely disappointed and deeply hurt by Ed Catmull. I’ve admired him for years. Reading Creativity, Inc. gave me new perspective and insights not only into Pixar and the creative process, but life in general. I was planning on applying a lot of Catmull’s ideas to my personal endeavors as well as my professional ones. To think that a man who appeared so genuine, humble, and kind could be capable of something unethical is just so hard to understand. There’s lots of us, teenagers and those in our twenties, who looked up to him as a leader and someone to emulate. Imagine the shock and betrayal we feel, even if we didn’t know him personally.
I’m disgusted that Pixar is embroiled in a scandal. But Pixar has always been bigger than Ed Catmull or John Lasseter. I don’t think Pixar belongs to Ed anymore. He’s partly responsible for what it is today, but he forfeited his right to that incredible place when he willingly treated his employees not as friends or family, but simply a means to an end.
Don’t give up on Pixar. Support those artists and animators who go through hell for the perfect shot. Support those directors with their visions. Champion people like Bob Peterson and Brenda Chapman. Remember that Pixar has always been more than just a film company or a building tucked away in Emeryville, California.
Pixar is yours and mine. Its spirit will always flourish no matter who is leading. And it will always be as good as the people working tirelessly to bring us the magic.
Do not fall in love with people like me. I will make you watch Pixar films, and Pixar short films, and The Pixar Story, and you will never be able to eat anything again without tasting the food from Ratatouille. I will render you in the most beautiful way possible, and when I leave, you will finally understand why they name storms after Pixar characters.
I am Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan DunBroch!
And I’ll be shooting for my own hand!
21 Day Pixar Heroines Challenge
Day 15: Your favorite heroine from the Monsters films
Sheri Squibbles is a gift. She’s such a supportive mom, so funny, so cheerful, a wellspring of positivity. She rocks the rollers and jams to heavy metal, and literally doesn’t care about what anyone has to say.