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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 12, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Profession: animator, director, writer, producer, model & animation system developer, model maker, author, ride operator at Disneyland

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A lover of traditional hand-drawn animation since his adolescence, animation director and Pixar executive John Lasseter made his mark in the field as a pioneering director of computer-generated animation with "Tin Toy" (1988) and "Toy Story" (1995), both of which became the first short film and feature film to win Academy Awards, respectively. Having been a successful animation director with Walt Disney Studios, Lasseter branched out on his own to join Pixar Studios and helped turn the fledgling animation studio into a monster success that churned out hit after hit with "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" (1998), "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and "Finding Nemo" (2003). Having directed many of Pixar's hits, Lasseter had a direct hand in the company's extraordinary success, while also steering its financial health as both an executive producer and high-ranking executive. He returned to the Disney fold when the conglomerate bought Pixar in 2006 and made Lasseter the chief creative officer of the animation studio, where Lasseter oversaw other big hits like "Ratatouille" (2007), "Wall-E" (2008) and "Up" (2009). By the time he served as the executive producer on "Tangled" (2010) and "Toy Story 3" (2010), both of which...

A lover of traditional hand-drawn animation since his adolescence, animation director and Pixar executive John Lasseter made his mark in the field as a pioneering director of computer-generated animation with "Tin Toy" (1988) and "Toy Story" (1995), both of which became the first short film and feature film to win Academy Awards, respectively. Having been a successful animation director with Walt Disney Studios, Lasseter branched out on his own to join Pixar Studios and helped turn the fledgling animation studio into a monster success that churned out hit after hit with "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" (1998), "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and "Finding Nemo" (2003). Having directed many of Pixar's hits, Lasseter had a direct hand in the company's extraordinary success, while also steering its financial health as both an executive producer and high-ranking executive. He returned to the Disney fold when the conglomerate bought Pixar in 2006 and made Lasseter the chief creative officer of the animation studio, where Lasseter oversaw other big hits like "Ratatouille" (2007), "Wall-E" (2008) and "Up" (2009). By the time he served as the executive producer on "Tangled" (2010) and "Toy Story 3" (2010), both of which were widely hailed by critics, Lasseter was assured of his place as one of animation's most successful pioneers.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Cars 2 (2011)
2.
  Ponyo (2008)
3.
  Cars (2006) Director
4.
  Toy Story 2 (1999) Director
5.
  Bug's Life, A (1998) Director
6.
  Toy Story (1995) Director
8.
  Knickknack (1989) Director
9.
  Tin Toy (1988) Director
10.
  Red's Dream (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Pixar Story, The (2007)
3.
4.
 Toy Story 2 (1999) Additional Voices
6.
 Bug's Life, A (1998) Additional Voice (Post-Production)
8.
 Tim Burton: Trick or Treat (2001) Interviewee
9.
 Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001) Interviewee
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While still in high school, wrote to The Walt Disney Studios to express his interest in the field
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Became the second student accepted into the then new Disney-sponsored animation program at CalArts (an institution started by Walt Disney)
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Made two animated films while at CalArts, "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare" (both won Student Academy Awards)
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Apprenticed at Disney during summer breaks
1979:
Hired by the Disney feature animation department upon graduation
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Contributed animation to such films as "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) and "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1984)
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Co-created with fellow Disney animator Glen Keane, an experimental 30-second test film based on Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are," to demonstrate how traditional hand-drawn character animation could be combined with computerized camera movements and environments
1983:
Invited by Pixar founder Ed Catmull to visit the computer graphics unit of Lucasfilm
1984:
Left Disney intending to work at Lucasfilm for a month; stayed for 6 months
1985:
Worked on the computer animation group of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic for the feature "Young Sherlock Holmes"
1986:
Joined Pixar, the computer animation company formed by entrepreneur Steven Jobs with his purchase of the computer animation division of Lucasfilm
1986:
Created the Oscar nominated animated short film, "Luxo Jr"
1988:
Gained notice for his Academy Award winning short, "Tin Toy"; credited for directing, scripting, animating and modeling
1991:
First TV credit, provided a film for NBC's "Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes"
1995:
Feature directing debut, "Toy Story"; also credited for original story (with three others) and modeling & animation system development
1998:
Co-directed the computer-animated "A Bug's Life"
2004:
Produced the animated Pixar film, "The Incredibles"; directed and written by Brad Bird
2006:
Appointed Chief Creative Officer of both the Pixar and Disney animation studios when the Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar
2006:
Directed and co-wrote the animated feature, "Cars"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated feature
2007:
Produced the Pixar animated feature, "Ratatouille"
2008:
Executive produced the Pixar animated feature, "WALL-E"
2009:
Executive produced the Disney animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog"
2011:
Returned to directing with "Cars 2"
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Education

California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California - 1979

Notes

Lasseter received consecutive gold medals in 1979 and 1980 at the Student Academy Awards.

"We're storytellers who happen to use computers. Story and characters come first and that is what drives everything we do. You can dazzle an audience with brand new technology but in the end people walk away from a movie remembering the characters." --Lasseter quoted in publicity material for "Toy Story"

"John knows how to create warm and appealing characters through this medium of computer animation better than anyone else in the universe and the work you see really comes from his heart and spirit, as much as it comes out of a computer box." --Thomas Schumacher, executive vice president of Walt Disney Feature Animation (from press kit for "Toy Story")

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wife:
Nancy Lasseter.

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son:
Joey Lasseter.
son:
Bennett Lasseter.
son:
P J Lasseter.
son:
Sam Lasseter.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Toy Story: The Art and Making of the Animated Film"

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