Then-WSJ reporter Quentin Hardy thought it was "surreal" when Steve Jobs called him to offer up a quote for a seemingly minor news story. The phone rang, and "It was Jobs, offering to comment on Pixar’s earnings," writes Hardy. "It seems crazy in hindsight, but this was near the end of Jobs’ long season away from Apple. Pixar had the previous November released its first big hit, Toy Story, and in the same month had an IPO that beat Netscape as the year’s biggest. That heat had cooled, Woody and Buzz weren’t out on video yet, and with no second film in sight there wasn’t much news in the earnings. The paper had scheduled the story as a brief. Jobs picked up the phone himself, pointed things out, offering quotes, selling me, getting Pixar a bigger story in a so-so quarter."