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John Lasseter
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Lasseter in 2002
Born
John Alan Lasseter

January 12, 1957 (1957-01-12) (age 63)
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts (BFA)
Occupation Animator, filmmaker
Years active 1978–present
Employer Walt Disney Animation Studios
(1979–1983; 2006–2018)
Lucasfilm (1983–1986)
Pixar (1986–2018)
Net worth US$100 million (March 2016)
Spouse(s)
Nancy Lasseter (m. 1988)
Children 5
Signature
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John Alan Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) American animator and filmmaker, and former chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the defunct Disneytoon Studios. He was also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt Disney Company. After being fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, he joined Lucasfilm, where he worked on the then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. The Graphics Group of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs and became Pixar in 1986. Lasseter oversaw all of Pixar's films and associated projects as executive producer. In addition, he directed Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006), and Cars 2 (2011). From 2006 to 2018, Lasseter also oversaw all of Walt Disney Animation Studios' (and its division Disneytoon Studios') films and associated projects as executive producer.

The films he has made have grossed more than $19 billion U.S. dollars, making him one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. Of the seven animated films that have grossed more than $1 billion U.S. dollars, five of them are films executive produced by Lasseter. The films include Toy Story 3 (2010), the first animated film to pass a billion, Frozen (2013), the current highest grossing animated film of all time, as well as Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018).

He has won two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Short Film (for Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story).

In November 2017, Lasseter took a six-month break from Pixar and Disney Animation. In June 2018, Disney announced that he would be leaving the company at end of the year, but is taking on a consulting role until then.

Personal life

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John Lasseter with his wife Nancy Lasseter at the 2006 Annie Awards red carpet at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California

Lasseter lives in Glen Ellen, California with his wife Nancy, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, whom he met at a computer graphics conference in San Francisco in 1985. Nancy majored in computer graphics applications, and for a short period of time, worked as a household engineer and as a computer graphics engineer at Apple Computer. They married in 1988, and have five sons, born between 1979/1980 and 1997.

The Lasseters own Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California. The property includes a narrow gauge railroad named the Justi Creek Railway (for the "Marie E.", the locomotive Lasseter purchased from Ollie Johnston) approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long, including a train station and water tower Lasseter purchased from former Disney animator Ward Kimball. Their residence has a swimming pool with a lazy river that runs through a cave. Lasseter owns a collection of more than 1,000 Hawaiian shirts and wears one every day. Lasseter also inherited his late father's passion for cars; besides having directed two films about them, he watches auto races at Sonoma Raceway near his home and collects classic cars, of which one of his favorites is his black 1952 Jaguar XK120.

On May 2, 2009, Lasseter received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University, where he delivered the commencement address.

His influences include Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Frank Capra, Hayao Miyazaki, and Preston Sturges. Lasseter's favorite film is Walt Disney's Dumbo.

Feature films

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Others Roles Notes
1979 Lady and the Lamp Yes Yes Yes Yes animator
Nitemare Yes Yes Yes Yes animator
1981 The Fox and the Hound No No No Yes animator
1985 Young Sherlock Holmes No No No Yes computer animation: Industrial Light & Magic
The Black Cauldron No No No Yes animation
1986 The Great Mouse Detective No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
Castle in the Sky No No Yes No executive creative consultant: US version
1987 The Brave Little Toaster No No No Yes character designer
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit No No Yes No executive producer
Oliver & Company No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
1989 The Little Mermaid No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
Kiki's Delivery Service No No Yes No executive creative consultant: US version
1991 Beauty and the Beast No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
1992 Porco Rosso No No No Yes executive creative consultant: US version
Aladdin No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
1994 The Lion King No No Yes No executive producer: 3D version
1995 Toy Story Yes Yes No Yes modeling and animation
system development
1998 A Bug's Life Yes Yes No No Harry the Fly
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes Yes No No Blue Bomber
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins No No No Yes characters
2001 Monsters, Inc. No No Yes No executive producer
2002 Spirited Away No No Yes No executive producer: US version
2003 Finding Nemo No No Yes No executive producer
2004 The Incredibles No No Yes No executive producer
2005 Howl's Moving Castle No No Yes No executive producer: US version
2006 Cars Yes Yes No No screenplay
story
Tales from Earthsea No No Yes No executive producer: US version
2007 Meet the Robinsons No No Yes No executive producer
Ratatouille No No Yes No executive producer
2008 WALL-E No No Yes No executive producer
Tinker Bell No No Yes No executive producer
Bolt No No Yes No executive producer
2009 Up No No Yes Yes executive producer
senior creative team: Pixar
Ponyo No No Yes No executive producer: US
director: English dub
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure No No Yes No executive producer
The Princess and the Frog No No Yes No executive producer
2010 Toy Story 3 No Yes Yes Yes story
executive producer
senior creative team: Pixar
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue No No Yes No executive producer
Tangled No No Yes No executive producer
2011 Cars 2 Yes Yes No No John Lassetire original story
Winnie the Pooh No No Yes No executive producer
The Muppets No No No Yes creative consultant
2012 Brave No No Yes No executive producer
Secret of the Wings No No Yes No executive producer
Wreck-It Ralph No No Yes No executive producer
2013 Monsters University No No Yes No executive producer
Planes No Yes Yes No story
executive producer
Frozen No No Yes No executive producer
2014 The Pirate Fairy No Yes Yes No story
executive producer
Planes: Fire & Rescue No No Yes No executive producer
Big Hero 6 No No Yes No executive producer
2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast No No Yes No executive producer
Inside Out No No Yes No executive producer
The Good Dinosaur No No Yes No executive producer
2016 Zootopia No No Yes No executive producer
Finding Dory No No Yes No executive producer
Moana No No Yes No executive producer
2017 Cars 3 No No Yes No executive producer
Coco No No Yes No executive producer
2018 Incredibles 2 No No Yes No executive producer
Ralph Breaks the Internet No No Yes No executive producer
2019 Toy Story 4 No Yes Yes No story
executive producer
Frozen 2 No No Yes No executive producer

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