Jobs's sense that his investments in Pixar might actually pay off was reinforced
when Disney invited him to attend a gala press preview of scenes from Pocahontas in January 1995 in a tent in Manhattan's Central Park.
At the event, Disney CEO Michael Eisner announced that Pocahontas would have its premiere
in front of 100,000 people on eighty-foot-high screens on the Great Lawn of Central Park.
Jobs was a master showman who knew how to stage great premieres, but even he was astounded by this plan.
Buzz Lightyear's great exhortation—"To infinity and beyond!"— suddenly seemed worth heeding.
Jobs decided that the release of Toy Story that November would be the occasion to take Pixar public.
Even the usually eager investment bankers were dubious and said it couldn't happen.
Pixar had spent five years hemorrhaging money. But Jobs was determined.
"I was nervous and argued that we should wait until after our second movie," Lasseter recalled.
"Steve overruled me and said we needed the cash so we could put up half the money for our films and renegotiate the Disney deal."