You’ve got a friend in them.
Pixar, the Disney-owned animation powerhouse, has come to the aid of veteran British director Ken Loach.
In an unlikely partnership, the multi-billion-dollar studio responsible for hits such as Toy Story (including our exclusive short Toy Story of Terror!) and Monsters, Inc has answered the call of the low-budget social realist auteur Loach, in post-production of his final film.
Loach is currently editing drama Jimmy’s Hall, which he claims will be his last effort on screen. As very much a member of the old school, the director continues to shoot on film, rather than digital - but discovered that supplies of film numbering tape, which is used to label the physical film stock, are running catastrophically low.
The director of classics like Kes and Cathy Come Home put the word out to the filmmaking community - and Pixar answered.
The studio sent over their entire supply of tape, along with a personalised hand-drawn picture of Mike and Scully, heroes of Monster’s Inc and the recent prequel Monsters University.
Loach said: “We were delighted to know that Pixar is still in love with the same technology as us. We hope to get to meet them along the way. We’ve had a tinful of tape from a few other friends as well and we’re very grateful.”
The whole story warms your heart as much as a classic Pixar film, though the underlying news that film is essentially dead, and digital has won the war, will chill your bones as much as a classic Ken Loach film.
Jimmy’s Hall - likely to be one of the last feature films to be entirely filmed and edited on traditional film - is due to be released next year.