How a newborn baby saved Toy Story 2 from being lost forever

When an accidental computer command starting wiping animation data from the drive where Toy Story 2's files were kept, a year's worth of work was erased in a matter of seconds.

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Under normal circumstances this wouldn't have been an issue; Pixar maintains backups of all its films throughout the production process. But the backups for Toy Story 2 had failed. The movie, it appeared, was gone for good.

Only it wasn't. In this video, Pixar's Oren Jacobs and Galyn Susman recount how a newborn baby saved Toy Story 2 from being lost forever. [Spotted on boingboing]

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Holy shit. I think all Unix-ers have made the "rm -rf *" mistake before. But good god, I hope whomever was handling their backups got reamed out. That's incredibly amateur.