Director: Leslie Iwerks
Biggest complaint: not enough Michero
A weird movie only in that it's already 14 years old, and it's interviewing Steve Jobs, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Roy Disney and I am sure others who are already passed since. And, of course, this is well before Lasseter was shown the door.
But it does a phenomenal job of explaining how Pixar even happened. Which was a wild mix of "right place/ right time" in the sense of chaos theory, and then key people who made some very right choices at the right time - from Lasseter to George Lucas to Steve Jobs to Bob Iger. Heck, Tom Hanks' involvement and his delight at his involvement is evident.
Looking behind the scenes of what almost went wrong here or there is curious, but I wish they'd spent more time on Pixar story-management processes as part of the secret sauce. They go into it very briefly and almost obliquely, but it's there.
Anyway, just to see who all was involved is a trip. And, of course, to know what was coming after just heightens the joy of the thing. And, of course, I am certain the place is no longer quite as "start-up-y" as the doc captured. Sooner or later, efficiency needs and people needing to get home to kids is going to kick in.
But now I want to rewatch Monsters, Inc.