Hollywood needs a shot of creativity in its collective arm, this much is true, but Pixar has proven that it is the Little Pinky That Can. While the rest of the limb from the tip of the middle finger up to the shoulder tries desperately to hit a punching bag directly in the center for maximum effect every time, the little pinky finger that is Pixar doesn't even touch the bag at all. Pixar, in other words, is in a class of its own. Some have said the same thing about Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs and Pixar will be linked forever, or at least for as long as Apple decides to cash in Jobs' memory. For this reason, a biography of Steve Jobs should be the very latest idea to cross the table and be picked up by John Lasseter.
Think about how many movie biopics you have seen that were animated. Not a whole lot going on in that little window of thought, eh? The first thing that makes choosing to do a biopic of Steve Jobs as a Pixar animated film such a great idea is that you will actually get a story. Pixar is notorious for doing something that live action films out of Hollywood have such a hard time accomplishing. Pixar's films tell a complete story with a beginning, middle and an end. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, when Pixar makes a movie they can do that whole telling a complete story thingie because they don't have to deal with actor egos. If you knew how many storylines in movies have fallen apart because the star makes a selfish and idiotic script change, you might very well decide to give up on movies with stars altogether. If an actor in a Pixar movie isn't working out, he can be replaced much more easily than an actor in a live action movie can.
A third reason why Steve Jobs in animated biopic form is something worth considering is the sheer novelty of it from a marketing standpoint. A virtual Steve Jobs in a Pixar film could lead to a virtual Steve Jobs in Apple marketing form. You just know that Apple would love to continue having Jobs as the face of their company, but something a little creepy exists when you use footage of a dead person that was made when he was living. Anybody remember Fred Astaire dancing with a Dirt Devil?An animated avatar of Steve Jobs, on the other hand, is more like a resurrection. Apple and Pixar working together to build a new Steve Jobs for the rest of the 21st century makes so much sense on so many levels.
And the final reason for making a Pixar animated film that serves as a biopic of Steve Jobs is that it would so much more fitting than a live action version. Jobs was a visionary, that's for sure. To put out a movie about Steve Jobs that has nothing special going on with the medium in which it is presented would be nothing less than an insult. It would be like making a movie about Thomas Edison without mentioning how he ripped off his employers by taking credit for inventions he didn't actually invent.
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