Director Andrew Stanton dedicated “John Carter” to Steve Jobs

John Carter is the latest film from Disney, and director Andrew Stanton has dedicated it to Steve Jobs. During the closing credits, a card reads, “Dedicated to the Memory of Steve Jobs, an Inspiration to Us All.”

Pixar fans will recognize the name Andrew Stanton. According to IMDB, he was a writer on Toy Story 3, the BURN-E short, WALL·E, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story. He also directed WALL•E and Finding Nemo, and co-directed A Bug’s Life.

While doing press for John Carter, Stanton was asked about the dedication. Slashfilm has published his response.

“We just happened to be, sadly, the first production up that was Disney that wanted to give [a dedication]. And I personally wanted to. I talked to John [Lassater] about it because I didn’t want to steal any thunder from Pixar’s dedication because that’s really the real family member for Steve. But it felt right just cause I didn’t want too much time to pass without giving him some sort of permanent acknowledgement. And I talked to his wife.

It was kind of eerie because on the set I would get asked all the time, from all these people, ‘What Pixar was like?’ And it was fascinating to talk to all these movie people that knew all the films, but some of them didn’t even know Pixar was in San Francisco. It was funny. They knew of us, they knew of these movies and knew there was something different but they didn’t get it to the point [where they knew] where we were and stuff. And it would be such a long explanation to them about, trying to tell them why it ran differently and why the movie came out the way they did, that I ended up just simplifying my answer down to ‘Steve. Steve’s why.’

And I did really realize how much, because I was now living it. I was now pregnant with the dysfunction of Hollywood to make this movie and how this all works, the good and the bad, and it was amazing to see how much he had firewalled us from. Like we knew he had, but he had truly firewalled us and protected us from all the bad influences of the outside world and we had just been raised in this little eden in San Francisco and had no clue how bad it could be. And so I really have to give so much more credit to him than I ever was, even though I always was, of how much he was a major factor for Pixar.”


Macworld on Disney’s AppMates for iPad

Disney adds physical toys to its AppMates iPad game with a Pixar Cars theme. To play, launch the free iPad app and place one of the specially-designed playing pieces  ($19.99 per pair) on the iPad’s screen. Move it around to explore Radiator Springs, complete missions, race other cars and more. It’s a lot of fun, but I’ve got the same complaints as Macworld’s Philip Michaels:

“To make your AppMate visible to the accompanying iPad app when it’s placed on the tablet screen, you have to grip the car’s side windows with a finger—essentially completing a circuit. Loosen your grip on the car, and it will stop moving down the virtual streets of Radiator Springs. It sounds easy enough, but keeping your fingers in place for a prolonged period of play can be a bit of strain. Turning to follow the curves of a racetrack—all without letting go of the car—forced me to do things with my wrist that the human body shouldn’t be asked to do.”

You’ve got to hold the car just so or else the connection is broken and iPad no longer “sees” it. Additionally, some playing pieces are easier to hold properly than others. Lightning McQueen is more consistent than Sally when my kids play.

When it works it’s a lot of fun, but unfortunately it’s frustrating too often to recommend.