John Lasseter
United States

Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios, The

John
Lasseter

Chief Creative Officer / Principal Creative Advisor

The Oscar-nominated director-producer-writer-animator is one of the three founding fathers of Pixar. He wrote and directed the seminal 1995 film “Toy Story,” the first computer-animated feature and one that not only paved the way for all of Pixar’s future innovation and success but revolutionized the whole medium and carried animation into the digital age.

Since then, Pixar and Lasseter, who oversees all of the studio’s projects, have virtually cornered the market on smart, heartfelt animated films that have continually pushed the envelope — both technically and emotionally — won Oscar gold and racked up huge global grosses. In addition to directing “A Bug’s Life,” “Cars” and sequels to “Toy Story” and “Cars,” Lasseter has either written, produced or exec produced many of Pixar’s greatest hits, including the $1 billion-grossing global smash “Finding Dory,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Monsters University,” “Inside Out,” “Brave,” “Planes” and “The Incredibles.”

He got his start as an animator at Disney and found himself back there again when Disney purchased Pixar in 2006; Lasseter was named chief creative officer of both Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. He was also named principal creative advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering. He is currently working on “Toy Story 4,” “The Incredibles 2” and “Gigantic.”

Career

  • CARS
  • TOY STORY
  • A BUG'S LIFE

Education

  • California Institute of the Arts (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Creative Leadership
  • Legends & Groundbreakers

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Disney-Pixar's John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney-Pixar's John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San FranciscoThe award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement."I'm honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

““Be wrong as fast as you can.” — Andrew Stanton”

What or who inspires you?

“Walt Disney. Steve Jobs. Nancy Lasseter.”

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