John Lasseter

John Lasseter

Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)

Lowest Rated: 26% Planes (2013)

Birthday: Jan 12, 1957

Birthplace: Not Available

A pioneer of modern animation, notably the computer-generated animation that dominated the mid- to late '90s, John Lasseter started out doing traditional hand-drawn work. His passion for animation began in high school and, after writing an exuberant letter to Disney Studios, he started studying art and drawing on his own. Shortly after graduation, Lasseter became the second student to be accepted into Disney's new animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. In the summers, he worked as an apprentice at the Disney Studios. While in school, he created two short films, Lady and the Lamp and Nitemare, both of which won Student Academy Awards. Shortly after graduation, Lasseter was hired by the Disney feature animation department and he spent the next five years there, working on such features as The Fox and the Hound (1981) and the short Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983). In 1982, Lasseter received his first exposure to computer animation during the production of Disney's Tron. Intrigued by the possibilities of the radical new medium, he and colleague Glen Keane made a very short film combining simple computer animation with hand-drawn characters based on Maurice Sendak's children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. In 1984, Lasseter left Disney in order to be on the cutting edge, with the computer animation division of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic. Initially, he only planned on working there for a month, but six months later when the department was purchased by Steven Jobs, he was still there. Jobs named the new company Pixar and gave Lasseter the freedom to direct, produce, write, and create models for many projects, many of which were television commercials. In 1988, Lasseter released the first completely computer animated short, Tin Toy, and won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Animated Short Films. In the early '90s, Lasseter and three writers developed the script for the groundbreaking Toy Story (1995), the tale of rival toys vying for the attention of their little-boy owner. To make the film, Pixar teamed up with Disney, and with Lasseter at the helm, the result was an eye-popping adventure, in which the toys had almost as much dimension and detail as live-action. The film received four Oscar nominations. Lasseter was presented with a Special Achievement Academy Award for his part in bringing the first feature-length computer animated film to the screen.This marked only the first in a series of feature-length blockbusters that turned CG animation on its head while enchanting children and adults equally. Continuing as the head of Pixar's creative department after Toy Story, Lasseter became the central creative and entrepreneurial force behind all of the studio's subsequent efforts, with his high-octane imagination driving feature after feature. His accomplishments include directing A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), and Cars (2006), which he co-wrote and co-directed with his close friend, the late animator Joe Ranft, just prior to Ranft's death in an August 2005 car crash. That film, very close to Lasseter's heart because of his life long love of automobiles, went on to capture the first-ever Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Lasseter also executive produced Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), and The Incredibles (2004). In what must surely be a first, all of these films not only broke box-office records, but became the critical sensations of their respective years. As astonishing as it is to top these stellar accomplishments, Lasseter's career, reputation, and future shot through the ionosphere in early 2006 when Disney officially acquired Pixar, and promoted Lasseter to CCO of Walt Disney Feature Animation. In fact, Disney shareholders gave him a standing ovation and proclaimed him the savior of the entire company, from its feature-length animations to its video and cable sales to its feature films. Despite reaching heights of which many in the entertainment industry only dream,


Highest Rated Movies



97% Coco Executive Producer $208.5M 2017
69% Cars 3 Producer $152.7M 2017
96% Moana Executive Producer $248.8M 2016
94% Finding Dory Executive Producer $486.3M 2016
98% Zootopia Producer Executive Producer $341.3M 2016
No Score Yet Trouver Doris Executive Producer 2016
76% The Good Dinosaur Producer Executive Producer $123.1M 2015
98% Inside Out Executive Producer $264.4M 2015
100% Toy Story That Time Forgot Producer 2014
92% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Actor 2014
89% Big Hero 6 Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet Feast Executive Producer 2014
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue Executive Producer $42.7M 2014
81% The Pirate Fairy Executive Producer $5.6M 2014
90% Frozen Executive Producer $400.8M 2013
26% Planes Producer $71.3M 2013
80% Monsters University Executive Producer $260.4M 2013
No Score Yet The Blue Umbrella Executive Producer 2013
87% Wreck-it Ralph Executive Producer $189.5M 2012
No Score Yet Partysaurus Rex Executive Producer 2012
60% Secret of the Wings Executive Producer $1.9M 2012
78% Brave Executive Producer $237.3M 2012
No Score Yet Tangled Ever After Executive Producer 2012
92% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Actor 2011
91% Winnie the Pooh Executive Producer $26.7M 2011
39% Cars 2 Director Screenwriter $191.5M 2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation Screenwriter 2011
75% These Amazing Shadows Actor 2011
89% Tangled Producer $200.9M 2010
78% Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Executive Producer $0.3M 2010
98% Toy Story 3 Executive Producer Screenwriter $415M 2010
71% Waking Sleeping Beauty Actor $33.6K 2010
85% The Princess and the Frog Executive Producer $104.4M 2009
No Score Yet Prep & Landing Executive Producer 2009
92% Ponyo Executive Producer $15.2M 2009
98% Up Executive Producer $293M 2009
No Score Yet Tokyo Mater Director Screenwriter 2008
89% Bolt Executive Producer $114.1M 2008
90% Tinker Bell Executive Producer 2008
95% WALL-E Executive Producer $223.8M 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
86% The Pixar Story Actor 2007
96% Ratatouille Executive Producer $112.5M 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
67% Meet the Robinsons Executive Producer $97.7M 2007
No Score Yet Mater and the Ghostlight Director 2006
57% Feast Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet One Man Band Producer 2006
75% Cars Screenwriter Director $244.1M 2006
87% Howl's Moving Castle Executive Producer $4.6M 2005
97% The Incredibles Executive Producer 2004
99% Finding Nemo Executive Producer $380.6M 2003
97% Spirited Away Executive Producer $9.9M 2002
No Score Yet Mike's New Car Executive Producer 2002
96% Monsters, Inc. Executive Producer $34.1M 2001
No Score Yet For The Birds Executive Producer 2000
100% Toy Story 2 Screenwriter Director Producer 1999
No Score Yet The Hand Behind Mickey Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story Actor 1999
92% A Bug's Life Director 1998
No Score Yet Geri's Game Executive Producer 1997
100% Toy Story Director 1995
No Score Yet Knick Knack Screenwriter Director Producer 1989
No Score Yet Tin Toy Screenwriter Director 1988
No Score Yet Red's Dream Screenwriter Director Producer 1987
No Score Yet Luxo Jr. Producer Screenwriter Director 1986


100% The Imagineering Story
Appearing 2019
No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales
Creator Director 2012


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