The modern Hollywood approach was to put together a team for one project and then disband the team when production was finished. We thought that was dumb. When it comes down to it, the only way to make a good movie is to have a good team. The current view in Hollywood, in contrast, is that movies are all about ideas. That a good idea is rarer and more valuable than good people. That’s why there are so many copycat movies. Everyone is chasing the same concept. But that’s a fundamentally misguided approach. The mediocre team will screw up a good idea. But if you give a mediocre idea to a great team, and let them work together, they’ll find a way to succeed.
-Ed Catmull, President of Pixar