Edwin Catmull: Walt Disney Creativity And Innovation

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Edwin Catmull’s entire life has been based around his love for animation. As a little kid, Ed would wait for Walt Disney to come appear on Sundays on his black and white 12” television. He called it the, “Disney Magic”. Walt Disney was on of Catmull’s boyhood idols. The other idol that he had as a child was Albert Einstein. He explained, in his autobiography, the reason he probably looked up to these two men. He felt that they both represented creativity, just in different ways. Disney showed his weekly creativity through inventing new ideas both artistically and technologically. Einstein, on the other hand, showed his creativity through explaining inventions that already existed. In addition to watching the creativity of Walt Disney …show more content…
The person that I researched and wrote about for my book report is Edwin, or “Ed”, Catmull, the co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios. I have read several reviews regarding Catmull’s leadership tactics and how he makes it clear how the principles that he believes in, creativity and innovation, should be viewed as starting points rather than ends to be achieved in leadership positions. That is why the book is entitled, simply, “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration”, published by Random House in April of 2014 with an ISBN of 978-0-8129-9301-1 . The title of Catmull’s book ironically corresponds with one of Pixar’s great movies, “Monster’s, Inc.”. There are many titles out there that embrace the subject of creative leadership and innovative leadership, so why Catmull’s book for connecting our class to my report? I believe that Edwin Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a leader that is unique and interesting, and obviously one that is creative and innovative when it comes to his occupation and leadership. Not only is Dr. Ed Catmull the author of “Creativity, Inc”, the president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, he is also one of three of the founding fathers of Pixar. Besides leading these companies, he has also received many awards for his own work. He was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifetime contributions to computer graphics used in the motion picture industry. This award shows that he is not only creative and innovative in his leadership, but also his own hands on work. He has also received awards in the fields of science and engineering. I believe that leading not only requires directing employees in their work, but also being successful as an

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