This week I got to fulfill a dream of touring Pixar Animation Studios.
Toy Story, the first fully computer animated movie, was released in 1995 to wide acclaim, and I was hooked. It's hard to believe that Pixar has released 26 movies with #27 set to be released in the next 2 weeks. Pixar movies have won 18 Academy Awards, 10 Golden Globes and 11 Grammy's while pushing the boundaries of technology. The technical aspect has always amazed me, but more important was the "heart" in each story. The story continues to be the most important part of each movie Pixar releases. As I reflect on all the Pixar movies, here are a few of the lessons I have learned:
Toy Story-Love isn't a pie with a finite number of pieces. It can grow to let more people in.
Up- Healing from loss only happens when we open our hearts.
Toy Story 3- How to let go with love.
Monster's University- Authentic teamwork brings out the best in everyone.
Cars- Personal connections are more important than material items.
Wall-E- Reaching out to new people to form true connections is scary, but worth it!
Inside Out- Failure can lead to success.
Finding Nemo- Stepping outside your comfort zone is hard, but rewarding.
Ratatouille- Dream big and find a way to make it happen.
The Incredibles- Be yourself.
A Bug's Life- Trust yourself and each other.
Soul- Live every day like it could be your last.
Brave- Honest communication is key for relationships to grow.
And finally my personal favorite from Monster's Inc:
Laughter is more powerful than fear.
Thank you Mike and Sully!
And thank you Pixar!