Pixar vet saluted by art directors

Lasseter to be feted at ADG's eighth awards gala

HOLLYWOOD — The Art Directors Guild has tapped Pixar Animation exec creative VP John Lasseter to receive its Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award.

The kudo will be presented at the ADG’s eighth annual awards gala Feb. 14 at the BevHilton. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, Frank Oz, Blake Edwards and Robert Wise.

In addition to overseeing all Pixar movies, Lasseter directed both “Toy Story” films and “A Bug’s Life” and exec produced “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

Lasseter joined LucasFilm’s computer division in 1984 and was a founding member of Pixar in 1986. He wrote and directed the short film “Tin Toy” in 1988, which won an Academy Award; and he received a Special Achievement Oscar for “Toy Story,” the first computer-animated feature film.

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