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John Lasseter

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)
Lowest Rated:   25% Planes (2013)
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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,

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Toy Story 4
  • Director
2019
67% Cars 3
  • Producer
$140.1M 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
77% The Good Dinosaur
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$94.2M 2015
98% Inside Out
  • Executive Producer
$264.4M 2015
100% Toy Story That Time Forgot
  • Producer
2014
91% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
  • Actor
2014
89% Big Hero 6
  • Executive Producer
2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Executive Producer
$42.7M 2014
80% The Pirate Fairy
  • Executive Producer
$5.6M 2014
89% Frozen
  • Executive Producer
$400.8M 2013
25% Planes
  • Producer
$71.3M 2013
78% Monsters University
  • Executive Producer
$260.4M 2013
No Score Yet The Blue Umbrella
  • Executive Producer
2013
86% Wreck-it Ralph
  • Executive Producer
$189.5M 2012
No Score Yet Partysaurus Rex
  • Executive Producer
2012
58% 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
91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
  • Actor
2011
90% 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
71% Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Executive Producer
$0.3M 2010
99% Toy Story 3
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
$415M 2010
71% Waking Sleeping Beauty
  • Actor
$33.6k 2010
84% 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
89% Bolt
  • Executive Producer
$114.1M 2008
89% Tinker Bell
  • Executive Producer
2008
96% 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
66% Meet the Robinsons
  • Executive Producer
$97.7M 2007
No Score Yet Mater and the Ghostlight
  • Director
2006
56% Feast
  • Executive Producer
2006
74% Cars
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$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
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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

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