This week, I watched Ratatouille, Pixar’s 2007 film. It’s fabulous. Not just a good animated film, but a great film. Genuinely lovely.

I’m fascinated by how Pixar do it; how they keep churning out terrific films. Even Cars, which should have sunk under my general ambivalence, was a charming study of an almost-lost way of life.

This article at McKinsey Quarterly, then, is right up my street – it’s Ratatouille director Brad Bird musing on what makes Pixar such a successful and innovative place. You have to register to read the full thing, but there’s a summary here. Either article is worth your time, if you’re into this sort of thing.