We Were Just like Brothers He Said Our Films Will Last Forever; Brave Day 5 Pixar Chief's Praise for Founder

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We Were Just like Brothers He Said Our Films Will Last Forever; Brave Day 5 Pixar Chief's Praise for Founder


Byline: Brian McIver

Brave boss's tribute to mentor Steve Jobs JOHN Lassetter grew up adoring Disney fairytales and princesses, dreaming of bringing those kind of movies to life one day.

But it was only after meeting the world's biggest and most beloved computer geek that he realised he could achieve his ambitions.

And as the man who created Toy Story and built Pixar Studios finally gets to realise his lifelong dream of bringing his own kind of fairytale movie to the screen, in the shape of the Scots-set Brave, John is proud that his latest film will also act as a fitting tribute to his friend and mentor Steve Jobs.

Brave is the first Pixar film to be released since the Apple guru, and Pixar owner, died of pancreatic cancer last autumn. And the movie features a glowing mention of his influence in the end credits.

And the Toy Story director turned Disney Animation chief said that was only right because without Jobs, there would be no Brave.

Not to mention no Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc or even The Incredibles.

He said: "Pixar Animation Studios wouldn't exist without Steve Jobs."

WIDE-EYED Boy He added: "It's remarkable to think about what he gave us, and the only thing he ever asked of me was to make it insanely great.

"That's what he always strove for us to do. He loved the fact that we were doing things that no one else had done before.

"We would talk all the time.

"He and I became like brothers. One thing he said when we were making Toy story was, 'Back when we were (first) making computers at Apple, the lifespan of these computers would be at the most about three years. If you do your job right, John, these movies can last forever.' "Technology will never make a movie entertaining. It's what you do with it that counts," said John. Pixar's latest film stars Kelly Macdonald as a headstrong princess.

She is daughter to Billy Connolly's King Fergus and Emma Thompson's Queen Elinor, who defies her family traditions of an arranged marriage and ends up causing havoc after an encounter with an enigmatic old witch.

The Brave credits show a tribute to the Apple boss, which reads: "Dedicated with love and gratitude to Steve Jobs. Our partner, mentor and friend."

Jobs is renowned as the computer genius who invented the personal computer with Apple in the early 80s.

Then after several years away from the company, he went back to Apple in the 90s to reinvent the personal computing wheel with the iMac, and then devices such as the iPod and iPhone. …

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