A Pixar employee accidentally deleted Toy Story 2 in 1999. Rescued by remote worker

(ORDO NEWS) — The Toy Story series is one of the best franchises in Pixar’s career. But the second part, which became a hit, could not have been born because of one negligent employee.

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In 1998, Pixar was preparing to release Toy Story 2. The film was almost ready, and the last edits were made in it. But when someone pressed the wrong button, the movie files started to disappear.

Oren Jacob, former Pixar CTO, was then the film’s assistant technical director. In 2012, he told the story of how he watched helplessly as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, and Rex disappeared before his eyes.

Then some negligent employee decided to clean up the company’s data warehouse and ran the rm -rf /* command, which deleted all files in directories below the one in which it was launched. The team was accidentally launched in the root directory of the Toy Story 2 project.

Jacob and Galin Susman, who were assistant CTOs at the time, discovered that the backup hadn’t worked for the past month. This means that the project files have not been saved. Luckily, Susman was working from home a lot because she had a newborn baby, so the Pixar staff realized she could have a more up-to-date backup on her home computer.

Jacob and Galin quickly drove to her house, picked up the computer and very carefully placed it in the back seat, covering it with a blanket and fastening it with seat belts.

People with a plywood box were already waiting for them in the Pixar parking lot – they put the computer there and took it to the technical department. It turned out that the backup copy of the cartoon really is on the computer, and everything worked out.

True, the management did not really like that version of the film and had to redo its plot by adding new characters. So, that Toy Story 2, in fact, went after its erased double.


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