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John Alan Lasseter
January 12, 1957
|Residence||Glen Ellen, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts (BFA)|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios
|Net worth||US$100 million (March 2016)|
Nancy Lasseter (m. 1988)
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.
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 Template:Birth based on age as of date 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.
|1979||Lady and the Lamp||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
|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|
|Tales from Earthsea||No||No||Yes||No||executive producer: US version|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||No||No||Yes||No||executive producer|
|Tinker Bell||No||No||Yes||No||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
senior creative team: Pixar
|Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue||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|
|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|
|2014||The Pirate Fairy||No||Yes||Yes||No||story
|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|
|Finding Dory||No||No||Yes||No||executive producer|
|2017||Cars 3||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
|Frozen 2||No||No||Yes||No||executive producer|
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