Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
John Lasseter is an American animator, screenwriter, and director, best known for his association with major animation film studios such as ‘Walt Disney’ and ‘Pixar Studios.’ Born in California, he inherited his love for arts and animation from his mother, who worked as an art teacher at a local high school. Following his high-school graduation, he joined the ‘California Institute of the Arts’ and completed a character animation program. Following his graduation from the university, he began working for ‘Walt Disney’ and eventually realized that CGI technology had a lot of potential in the future. He thus tried getting his superiors at ‘Disney’ to adapt to the technology. However, he was fired. Following this, he joined ‘Pixar’ and became involved in the production of critically and commercially successful films such as ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars,’ ‘Monsters Inc.,’ and ‘Toy Story 2.’ He came to be known as one of the most successful animation filmmakers of all time. ‘Disney’ took over ‘Pixar’ in 2007, and John was hired as the chief creative officer. However, in 2018, he was accused of sexual misconduct at the workplace and was asked to leave the company.
Also Known As: John Alan Lasseter
Spouse/Ex-: Nancy Lasseter
father: Paul Eual Lasseter
mother: Jewell Mae
siblings: James Paul Lasseter, Johanna Lasseter-Curtis, Pamela Jane Lasseter
children: Bennett Lasseter, Jackson Lasseter, Joey Lasseter, Paul James Lasseter, Sam Lasseter
Born Country: United States
Height: 1.7 m
U.S. State: California
City: Los Angeles
education: California Institute Of The Arts
awards: 2007 - Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film
1989 · Tin Toy - Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)
2010 · Prep & Landing - Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program
1996 · Toy Story - Special Achievement Academy Award
2011 · Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa - Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
2002 - PGA Vanguard Award
2009 - Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
2004 - ADG's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award
2010 - PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures
2000 · Toy Story 2 - Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production
2000 · Toy Story 2 - Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Feature Production
In the early 1980s, John Lasseter felt that the animation industry needed some innovation to keep the audience engrossed. ‘101 Dalmatians’ was one of the films that gave John a reality check that they needed some big change. Incidentally, back then, computer-generated imagery, better known as CGI, was finding a footing in the industry, with films such as ‘Tron’ spearheading the revolution.
However, things did not go well. John Lasseter�ended up getting fired by ‘Disney Studios.’ Upset, he went out in search of some other work. He had known Ed Catmull, who worked at the ‘Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Group.’ He met Ed again and pitched a short animation project called ‘The Adventures of Andre & Wally B.’ The film materialized and was appreciated by many.
John Lasseter was one of the founding members of the company and oversaw the production of many ‘Pixar’ films such as ‘Toy Story’ and ‘A Bug’s Life.’ ‘Toy Story’ became America’s first animation film that completely relied on CGI and received rave reviews. At the ‘Academy Awards’ in 1995, John won the ‘Special Achievement Award.’ He also won great reviews for directing films such as ‘Toy Story 2,’ ‘Cars,’ and ‘Cars 2.’
At ‘Disney,’ John Lasseter�spearheaded a program to produce some short animated films to be released theatrically. They hired new talent to make those films. It was part of ‘Disney’s long-term plans of expansion, for which they needed new talent.
Since January 2019, John Lasseter has been working as the head of ‘Skydance Animation.’