John Alan Lasseter was born on January 12th, 1957 in California. He developed a taste for animation thanks to his mother, an art teacher. As a child, he was already winning awards for the drawings he was making.
In 1975, John joined the California Institute of the Arts, a new animation school at which three of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” – Eric Larson, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston – were teachers. In his class were, among others, Brad Bird, Henry Selick and Tim Burton. Two of his short films won the Student Academy Award for Best Picture, including Lady and the Lamp.
4 years later, he became an animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on The Fox and the Hound, as well as Mickey’s Christmas Carol. It was while working on Tron in 1981 that he took into account the potential computer-generated imagery could have on animation.
John Lasseter then offered to make Disney a film that combined hand-drawn animation and CGI. The offer was taken up, but they wanted to see a test. Once Disney saw the video, they regarded the process as lengthy and costly. John was summoned, and was told his contract was terminated and that he had to leave.
Ed Catmull’s Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Group, a division of George Lucas’ ILM, became his new home in 1983. Catmull showed him the studio’s digital potential and gave him his chance. The short film The Adventures of André and Wally B. was thus born.
In 1986, Steve Jobs bought Lucasfilm Computer Graphics and renamed it Pixar Animation Studios. John Lasseter was to be the director and executive producer of several films that were huge box-office hits, as well as the company’s Chief Creative Officer. He became Vice-President of Pixar in 1999.
When Pixar was bought by Disney in 2006, Lasseter became Vice-President of the Creative Department at Pixar and Disney Animation. He also became Creative Adviser regarding the design of rides and attractions in Disney parks.
On November 1st, 2011, he got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
AT PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
Visual effects : Toy Story.
John Lasseter is tremendously fond of Pixar. He, for instance, collects many toys, as can be seen from his office.
Also a Disney fan, he shows us through this video some rare pieces from his collection.
is tremendously fond of Pixar. He, for instance, collects many toys, as can be seen from his office.
is famous for his way of dressing and very often wearing Hawaiian shirts. He collects them and owns over three hundred.