Back in 1984--two years after Tron, Lucasfilm backed what we can consider to be the first Pixar short, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B, written and directed by Alvy Ray Smith, animated by John Lasseter, with sound by Ben Burtt and help from the big Cray computer. Delightful. Steve Jobs bought this unit of Lucasfilm and turned it into Pixar two years later.

Speaking of Steve Jobs, the ailing Apple chief, who has been on a leave of absence, was photographed attending the Silicon Valley dinner with President Obama (below), seated to his left, with Mark Zuckerberg on his right. I would have loved to have been able to hear that conversation.

Thompson on Hollywood

[Hat Tip: Flickeringmyth.]