Response to Pixar Touch article

“Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.” The Pixar Touch’s article about the Pixar story rules brings a few different aspects of story and literature into light, but this one sticks out. What is it about a certain story that makes it worth writing? Why do we choose to go with some of our ideas and discard others, even good ones? What gives our stories meaning, strength and power? I feel as if a lot of the rules presented in the Pixar Touch article and the article linked above definitely help to add those qualities to a story. At the same time, the field and scope of a store is really vague. According to, a story is “a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed tointerest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.” By that criteria, a story can really be anything. So does it inherently have that sentience that the Pixar Touch article suggests?


2 thoughts on “Response to Pixar Touch article”

  1. It’s true that if we use a dictionary definition for a term, we’ll be getting the most broadly applicable version, which might even includes common but not particularly helpful senses of that term. (The term “narrative” in that definition is often used in the more precise way we’d use it in an educational context, but alas, uses the term “story” in it’s definition of “narrative,” so they’re circular.)

    Actually, in the Jane Friedman link you provided, the author cites several other definitions by well-regarded writers, each of which would probably be more useful in its precision than this one from Sometimes the most broad use is the best, but other times, no. 🙂


  2. I personally love how Pixar’s best movies have deep themes in them and they all seem to come to an end that has a moral. This “moral of the story” seems common in all of their movies. I think this is because of the way that the writers make them. Their best works are ones that they are passionate about, ones that they care about. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said “Nothing great in this world has ever been accomplished without passion.”


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