• LIJay

    In before some idiot says "first!" like it's the accomplishment of a lifetime.

    • LIJay

      Ha! Or not.

    • https://www.facebook.com/GhoStedar Joel GhoStedar Pankratz

      You have basically said first. Congrats on the accomplishment! Not!

      • LIJay

        No I didn't! Chive is so busy that even when you think you're going to be first, someone beats you to it. I assure you, I couldn't possibly care any less about being first to post in a comment. Hence my first reply of "Ha, or not" because I found it funny I actually made it in first. KCCO, gentlemen, 2 more days until Friday!

  • BruceWayne

    Old news but I think it is fraud….
    Do you know why?

    • https://www.facebook.com/christophertoddalexander Todd Alexander

      Why good sir? Why?

    • press

      Because she claimed she was working at home, when everyone knows that means she was just sitting around in sweats watching soaps and ignoring her kid.

      • Scumbag Steve

        Actually, she and I were doing bong hits with weed bought using the kids milk money.

    • BruceWayne

      This better anyway….try not to bob.

  • https://www.facebook.com/GhoStedar Joel GhoStedar Pankratz

    No Toy Story 2? That would have been tragic!

  • Blue bronco


    • Jammy

      Carbonite only keeps your data 30 days. After that it gets purged by date. Happened to me already

  • bma

    To bad Twilight didn't get deleted.

    • Nicnac

      Too bad Twilight doesn't get deleted… from existence.

  • Master_Rahl

    The ultimate nerd nightmare "we realized the backups were bad" – working in IT, I know about this BS. Good thing they recovered. Those movies are the shit!! Oh and special thanks to Eli for being born and causing a backup to be created.

    • Herby Sagues

      Been there. But there's one thing that the story is missing. The renderign systems and the design systems run on different platforms. It is unlikely that the files were all stored inthe same place. So they could have re-rendered the whole movie in a few weeks if they had the source files.

  • SpacemanSpiff

    I'm happy it didn't get deleted, Toy Story 3 wouldn't have made sense

  • Steve

    a lesson for the boys at the chive… Don't f-around on the unix and linyx machines… we couldn't handle Sexy Chivers being deleted

    • Clarktheshark

      Lol… they boys at the chive are front end guys… they just post pictures to cloud. they could screw anything up if they tried

      • Clarktheshark

        Lol… they boys at the chive are front end guys… they just post pictures to the cloud. they couldnt screw anything up if they tried

  • Leddy420

    IT – we are the unsung heroes of the corporatocracy.

    • NebraskaGuy

      Amen to that!

    • f0urd3gr33s

      Except in this story, the IT people failed hard because it turned out the backups that everyone thought were being done (IT's job) weren't. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it seems the tech director's need to work from home saved IT's bacon on this one.

      • Leddy420

        How do you know the hardware didn't fail? More often then not, IT sets a device up to be used by the client. And I just thought I would add: my comment was a general statement, it was not in any way, shape, or form directed to the IT department responsible for the backup of Toy Story 2. (sorry to burst your bubble)

  • tic

    Dumb….would have been easy to recover if the if the files were deleted with rm…..

  • Guse

    Step 1: Fire the Sysadmins – anyone who doesn't check the backups to make sure they aren't bad doesn't deserve the job

    • Nicnac

      You don't get the full story. Sony PSN: Sysadmins: Our security is really bad. Execs: So? SA: We may have been compromised. Execs: Ignore it.
      For all you know, Admins told Pixar management that the backups were failing and were told to suck it up.

    • IT.Admin

      fuck you dickhead! go do a couple terabyte backup and come tell us your experience….. ass!

  • KeepinCalm

    meh… <- I didn't type that, I never use "meh". Ever. It was just there. Weird shit going on w/intense debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591747781 Erich Backhus

    I love me some Pixar!

  • Richard

    No one would have watched this video if it had said "Cars 2."

    • http://twitter.com/InDavesLife @InDavesLife

      Unless it was to find out how we could've been saved from it.

  • Aerentitus

    This is actually a true story. The sad thing is – that after working for days on comparing versions and restoring it best they could, the movie went through a major re-write and most of what they worked so hard to save was no longer needed.

  • glover

    This is a bullsh*t story. No one would take home hundreds of gigs of render files normally living on a huge freaking server farm to "work on the movie".

    • Ned Ryerson

      plus, why the hell would you have something that could so easily erase everything!? one disgruntled employee and blamo! sounds like poor planning all around.

  • http://www.funnypicturespro.com/13845/how-pixar-nearly-deleted-toy-story-2-before-its-release-video/ How Pixar nearly deleted Toy Story 2 before its release (Video) | Funny Pictures Pro

    […] From: theCHIVE » FAIL […]

  • jamesnl

    I like the woman's voice, it's so soft and easy to listen to.

    • Nicnac

      Should we leave you two alone?

  • Jammy

    Nothing is ever physically deleted. Bits are checked or unchecked as long as "new data" does not overwrite where the old data was located it can be recovered.

  • albert

    John Lasseter didn't like the movie that's they almost deleted it.

  • Applefish


  • Chris

    She had a copy at home for her kids … it wasn't released yet, so isn't this piracy? I thought Hollywood is screaming against piracy and they want to introduce SOPA and stuff, but here she is, a "privileged" person who has access to new movies before the release and she say it on the net that her son ELI … watched the movie …. this whole SOPA, ACTA thing is BS

    • MrStiggy

      She had a copy so she could work from home, it wasn't so her her child, who appears to have still been an infant judging by the animation, could watch it.

    • Otter

      It's not piracy because she was part of the team actually making the movie. Seriously people…

    • Xarion

      If you bothered to listen, she was working from home you retard.

      • Chris


        You're an idiot …. !

  • Dreski03

    I hope someone got fired. That's VERY poor IT management. The only thing that saved the movie was a possibly company policy breaking copy of the movie floating out in the wild (even if it was an employee who had it). She was probably working on a personal machine too. Sad.

  • juan

    thank you eli !

  • Otter

    Here's what I don't understand about this story – If objects from the film start disappearing then it's the files for those objects that are disappearing. If you've seen a 'Making Of' for a computer animated film like this you'd know it takes months to render these things. This would be hundreds of gigabytes of data, far too much for her to just 'take home' to review. I would think she actually took home a rough rendering of the film to watch and therefore you could not recover just Woody's hat.

    If this were Toy Story 3 you could reasonably argue the film fit on a couple 1TB drives and therefore could easily be taken home, but in 1999 HD capacity was only around 100gb and therefore an unlikely scenario.

    I mean, a director could take home a workprint to review but that doesn't mean he'd be able to extract the score to the film because someone lost the tapes.

    • Guest

      retto… it is otter backwards…

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