SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- And that was just the start. With Steve Jobs serving as chairman, and Lasseter the creative guru, Pixar grew from a scrappy, little-known operation into the world’s most acclaimed animation house. Pixar films have collectively earned more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office.
Jonas Rivera, who started as an intern at Pixar in 1994 after graduating from San Francisco State, is a producer on Toy Story 4. He admits that it was “strange” working on the film without consistent input from the man who ushered in the franchise.
“I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t feel conflicted and that it wasn’t a tough time,” he said. “But I’ve been here through all the studio’s ups and downs, and this place, if anything, is very resilient.”