I decided I wanted to clear up a misconception that may exist about The Pixar Times. This site may have its focus directed squarely upon Pixar, but that does not mean that we view other studios (e.g. Dreamworks Animation) negatively. Actually, I fully support the development of great films, regardless of the production studio.
There has been a lot of talk in the media about a Pixar and Dreamworks rivalry. Is there some healthy competition between the studios? I am sure there is. They are both animation giants, so naturally they have to compete. However, there is also a mutual respect between the studios. Why is that? There is some amazing talent found in the halls of both studios. Pixar employees do not just pop into the studio and become fantastic. In actuality, they have worked painfully hard for years to develop their talents.
The same idea holds for Dreamworks. How can one look at How To Train Your Dragon and not think of the painstaking amount of work that went into the making of the film? Stunning visuals, accompanied by a touching storyline demonstrates that there are also incredibly talented folks at Dreamworks Animation. Dragon provided the means for the great talents to show off their abilities, and they rose to the occasion.
Sure, there has been controversy over the years between the studios, but that has always been at the corporate/executive level. There are plenty of people at one studio who are good friends with people from the other studio. To think each individual at one studio hated each individual at the other studio would be preposterous.
It bothers me when I see people badmouthing Dreamworks for the lone reason that it is not Pixar. If I were an animator at Dreamworks and I worked my butt off for years to create a small piece of a film that was constantly looked down upon because it was not a Pixar film, how would I feel? Hurt.
What kind of world is one where Pixar and Dreamworks Animation can both release great animated films? How about Studio Ghibli, Aardman Animations, Blue Sky, Fox Animation, Illumination Entertainment, Walt Disney Animation, Nickelodeon Animation? – what do their great animated films lead to? In the end, the viewer is the winner because a period of time when animation studios can create great films is a spectacular time for film. My friends, that time has already arrived.
– Samad Rizvi (Editor-in-Chief)