I’m currently reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs that I bought and had autographed by Mr. Isaacson at the Austin Book Festival this past November. The man’s life was complicated and the story is mesmerizing…or maybe his life was also mesmerizing. In any case, I am enjoying the look at the dichotomy of art and technology that Jobs personified in his personal and business life.
This afternoon, upon returning to my hotel room after work, I reached the point in the book where Jobs has been ousted from Apple and has purchased what would become PIXAR from George Lucas. In doing that, he came into contact with John Lasseter. In reaching this point in the story, I was reminded of Lasseter’s first animated short in 1986 for PIXAR, “Luxo Jr.”, which told the short (two minutes) story of a desk lamp named Luxo and his son Luxo Jr. as they play with a ball.
Do you remember when you first saw this?
Even 32 years later, the story is what still shines through over the, at that time, state of the art animation and makes you think “Awww” part way through and then laugh at the cuteness of the ending.