Chapman was pleased to discover that while the studio might be filmmaker-centric, it also encourages top staffers to contribute to movies besides their own. "They support you with a brain trust," she says. "There's a lack of competition. Between films, everyone will drop everything to help. That part is so refreshing."
Even with a game plan in place, Lasseter knows some grousing is inevitable. "We've got 'Toy Story 3' and 'Cars 2' coming up, and by then people will say, 'All Pixar is doing is sequels. Why don't they do an original film?' Every single day, we are thinking about our audience. And that is who we make our films for."