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John Lasseter

John Lasseter at the 34th Annual Annie Awards, wearing a Cars tie.
Born January 12, 1957 (1957-01-12) (age 50)
Hollywood, California

John Alan Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American animator and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is also currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. Widely considered an innovative genius, he has been hailed as the "current Walt Disney."[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Wikinews has news related to: Cars big winner as 34th Annual Annie Awards handed out Cars director John Lasseter on the red carpet at the 34th Annual Annie Awards. ... This article is about the animated movie. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Animated Short Film is an award which has been given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Academy Awards every year since the 5th Academy Awards, covering the year 1931-32, to the present. ... Tin Toy is a 1988 Pixar Animation Studios short film using computer animation. ... The Special Achievement Award is an Academy Award given for an achievement which makes an exceptional contribution to the motion picture for which it was created, but for which there is no annual award category. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... An animator is an artist who creates multiple images called frames that form an illusion of movement called animation when rapidly displayed. ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA) notable for its seven Academy Awards. ... Walt Disney Animation Studios is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company, and the oldest surviving animation studio in the world. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...

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Biography

Early Years

Lasseter's father was a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership, while his mother was an art teacher at Bell Gardens Senior High School. Lasseter graduated from California Institute of the Arts, where he met future colleague Brad Bird. He passed a furniture store and noticed a lamp on a desk in the window display. He told his mother that his idea was to make that lamp come to life. This idea eventually led to the creation of Pixar's Luxo, Jr.. Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin) (colloquially Chevy) is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ... Bell Gardens High School is a High School in Bell Gardens, California. ... Entrance to CalArts on McBean Parkway The California Institute of the Arts is commonly referred to as CalArts. ... Phillip Bradley Bird, better known as Brad Bird, (born on September 11, 1957) is an American Academy Award-winning animator who wrote and directed the 1999 Warner Bros. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Working at Disney

On graduation, Lasseter joined The Walt Disney Company, as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland in Anaheim[2]. Lasseter later obtained a job as an animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation. While working on Mickey's Christmas Carol, he was invited by his friends Jerry Rees and Bill Kroyer to see the first lightcycles sequences for an upcoming film entitled Tron, featuring state-of-the-art computer generated imagery. He immediately saw the potential of this new technology and what it could do for animation. Up to that time, the studio had used a multiplane camera to add depth to its animation. Lasseter realized that computers could be used to make movies with three dimensional backgrounds where traditionally animated characters could interact to add new visually stunning depth that had not been conceived before. After he and Glen Keane had finished the short test film Where the Wild Things Are (a decision chosen based on the fact that Disney had considered producing a feature based on the works of Maurice Sendak), Lasseter and Thomas L. Wilhite decided they wanted to make a whole feature this way. The story they chose was The Brave Little Toaster by Thomas Disch, but in their enthusiasm, they unknowingly stepped on some of their direct superiors' toes by going around them in their effort to get the project into motion. One of them disliked it so much that when Lasseter and Wilhite presented their idea to him, which he at that time was already aware of, he turned it down. A few minutes after the meeting, Lasseter received a phone call telling him that his job had been terminated. The Brave Little Toaster would later become a 2D animated feature film directed by one of John's friends, Jerry Rees, and some of the staff of Pixar would be involved in the film allongside Lasseter. Disney redirects here. ... The Jungle Cruise is an attraction at the following Disney theme parks: Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland (under the name Jungle River Cruise). ... Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ... Anaheim is a city in Orange County, south_west California, a part of the greater Los Angeles conurbation to the east of Long Beach. ... Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company. ... Mickeys Christmas Carol is a twenty-four minute animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released in the United Kingdom on October 20, 1983 by Buena Vista Distribution. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bill Kroyer is the Director of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, and was instrumental in the development and production of Animalympics. ... Tron is a 1982 science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley (and Tron), Cindy Morgan as Lora Baines (and Yori) and Dan Shor as Ram. ... The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ... A multiplane camera built by an animation hobbyist in 1972. ... Glen Keane (born 1954) is a lead character animator best known for work at Walt Disney Studios. ... This article is about the childrens book. ... Maurice Bernard Sendak (born June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of childrens literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. ... The Original Cover of Thomas M. Dischs The Brave Little Toaster The Brave Little Toaster is a novel by Thomas M. Disch intended for children or as put by Disch, A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances. ... Thomas M. Disch Thomas M. Disch (February 2, 1940 – ) is an American science fiction author. ... The Brave Little Toaster is an animated film from 1987, directed by Jerry Rees, written by Thomas M. Disch, and produced by Hyperion Pictures. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


While putting together a crew for the planned feature, he had made some contacts in the computer industry, among them Alvy Ray Smith and Ed Catmull at Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Group. After being fired, Lasseter visited a computer graphics conference at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, where he met and talked to Catmull again. Before the day was over, Lasseter had made a deal to work as an "interface designer" with Catmull and his colleagues on a project that resulted in their first computer animated short: The Adventures of André and Wally B. It became even more revolutionary than Lasseter had visualized before he joined Lucasfilm, since his original idea had been to create only the backgrounds on computers. But in the final short everything was computer animated, including the characters. After this short CGI film, things would continue to grow until the point where they made the first computer animated feature, Toy Story. Alvy Ray Smith III (born 8 September 1943) is a noted pioneer in computer graphics. ... Edwin Catmull after receiving a medal at SIGGRAPH 2001. ... Industrial Light & Magic original logo, designed by Drew Struzan Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in May 1975 by George Lucas and owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. ... types/51 sh/sh liner/36 qma/qma. ... from The Adventures of André and Wally B., a short film animated by John Lasseter The Adventures of André and Wally B. is an animated short made in 1984 by the Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Project, which would later be spun out as a startup company called Pixar. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March...


Pixar

Lasseter is a founding member of Pixar, where he oversees all of Pixar's films and associated projects as an executive producer. He also personally directed Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... A Bugs Life is a computer animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 25, 1998, in Australia on January 12, 1999 and in the United Kingdom on 5 February 1999. ... Toy Story 2 is a CGI animation film and the sequel to Toy Story, and the third Disney / Pixar feature film, which featured the adventures of a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around to see them. ... This article is about the animated movie. ...


He has won two Academy Awards, for Animated Short Film (Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (Toy Story).[3] Lasseter has been nominated on four other occasions - in the category of Animated Feature, for both Cars (2006) and Monsters, Inc. (2001), in the Original Screenplay category for Toy Story (1995) and in the Animated Short category for Luxo, Jr. (1986). Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Animated Short Film is an award which has been given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Academy Awards every year since the 5th Academy Awards, covering the year 1931-32, to the present. ... The Special Achievement Award is an Academy Award given for an achievement which makes an exceptional contribution to the motion picture for which it was created, but for which there is no annual award category. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards given to achievements in film; the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was given the first time for the 2001 film year. ... This article is about the animated movie. ... Monsters, Inc. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


In April 2006, Disney purchased Pixar and Lasseter was named Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar and Disney animation studios. He was also named Principal Creative Advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he will help design attractions for Disney's theme parks. He will report directly to Disney chief Bob Iger, bypassing Disney's studio and theme parks executives. He also received green-light power on films with Roy E. Disney's consent. Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company. ... Robert Bob Iger is the President and COO of the Walt Disney Company and Michael Eisners hand_picked successor as CEO. Previously he served as President and COO of Capital Cities/ABC until that companys merger with Disney. ... Roy Edward Disney, KCSG, (born January 10, 1930) was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt founded. ...


In December 2006, he announced that Disney will start producing animated shorts which will begin to be released theatrically once more. This was a decision Lasseter took because he sees this as an excellent way to train and discover new talents in the company, as well as a testing ground for new techniques and ideas. The shorts will be in 2D, CGI or a combination of both.[4]


Lasseter is a close friend and admirer of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and has been executive producer on several of Miyazaki's films for their release in the United States, also overseeing the dubbing of the films for their English language soundtrack. Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ...


Home Life

Lasseter lives in Sonoma, CA with his wife Nancy, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, whom he met at a computer graphics conference. He has five sons, Joey, Bennett, P.J. (Paul James)., Sam, and Jackson, whose ages range from 25 to 10. They also have a dog named Frank. Lasseter's father lives in a house on the same property as his own. Sonoma City Hall in the town plaza Sonoma is a historically significant town in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. Sonoma is centered around its historic town plaza, a remnant of the towns Spanish colonial past. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


Filmography

Director

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reds Dream is a short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, released in 1987. ... Tin Toy is a 1988 Pixar Animation Studios short film using computer animation. ... Knick Knack is a computer animated Pixar short film released in 1989. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... A Bugs Life is a computer animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 25, 1998, in Australia on January 12, 1999 and in the United Kingdom on 5 February 1999. ... Toy Story 2 is a CGI animation film and the sequel to Toy Story, and the third Disney / Pixar feature film, which featured the adventures of a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around to see them. ... This article is about the animated movie. ... For other uses, see Ghost light (disambiguation). ...

Executive Producer

For other uses see For the Birds (disambiguation) For the Birds is an Academy Award winning animated short film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released in the year 2000. ... Monsters, Inc. ... Spirited Away , lit. ... Finding Nemo is an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... The jackalope Boundin is a Oscar-nominated short film, shown at the start of the Disney-Pixar film The Incredibles. It features a sheep whose elegant dancing is very popular with the other animals but who is shorn every year becoming naked and shy and prevented from dancing so elegantly. ... The Incredibles is a 2004 American Academy Award-winning computer-animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, centering around a family of superheroes. ... Treble, from One Man Band One Man Band is a Pixar short film. ... For other uses, see Ghost light (disambiguation). ... Lifted is a 2006 Pixar computer animated short film directed by Gary Rydstrom. ... Meet the Robinsons is a computer-animated film and the 46th animated feature produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... For other uses, see Ratatouille (disambiguation). ... WALL-E is a CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Up is the tenth computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... The Princess and the Frog is an animated film currently in development by Walt Disney Animation Studios. ... TS3 redirects here. ...

Other work

  • In 1994, Lasseter created the BSD Daemon, a cartoon mascot for the BSD Unix operating system.[5]

BSD Daemon, aka Beastie BSD Daemon is the BSD operating systems mascot, named after a daemon, a type of software program common on Unix-like operating systems, but taking the (albeit less arcane) shape of the classic mythical demon. ... One of the last mainline steam locomotives built in the UK: British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 no. ... Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. ... Disneys Nine Old Men were the core animators (some of whom later became directors) that created the Disney studios most famous work, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs onward to The Rescuers. ... The Pacific Coast Railway was a narrow (3) gauge railway in the Central Coast of California. ... The Disneyland Railroad (DRR) is a narrow gauge railroad located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, United States, that was inaugurated on that theme parks opening day, July 17, 1955. ...

Quotes

  • "Quality is a great business plan. Period."
  • "Technology doesn't make the motion picture, people do. You're not an animator just because you can move an object from point A to point B. [You're] someone who breathes life into a character, which is something the software and technology can't give you."
  • “Animation is not only an art form, rather it is a method of communication and means of entertainment, an artform wherein ideas must be visually communicated. To communicate ideas clearly by visual means, one must first learn the fundamentals of graphic design, which is the vocabulary and grammar of graphic communication.”
  • “In order to give life to movement, one cannot just move an object without reason. Every movement in an animated scene must have a reason for being. That is the basis for character animation. One must learn animation’s fundamental principles, such as timing, staging, anticipation, flow through, squash and stretch, overlapping action, slow in and slow out, etc.”
  • “The principles of filmmaking, or film grammar, are vital to movies as a whole. How the story is constructed, the staging and pacing of action as well as editing, are just some of the principles involved.”
  • "Whether it is generated by hand or by computer, the first goal of the animator is to entertain. The animator must have two things: a clear concept of exactly what will entertain the audience; and the tools and skills to put those ideas across clearly. Tools, in the sense of hardware and software, are simply not enough."
  • "At Pixar, when we have a problem and we can't seem to solve it, we often take a laser disc of one of Miyazaki's films and look at a scene in our screening room for a shot of inspiration and it always works! We come away amazed and inspired. Toy Story owes a huge debt of gratitude to the films of Miyazaki."
  • "There are a few moments in my life that I will never forget, and one of them was May 1977 seeing Star Wars at the Chinese Theatre - it was only 2 days old. I remember seeing it and I could not believe a movie could entertain so much. People were of course hyped up to seeing it, but seeing it was thoroughly entertaining. I was shaking at the end of it. I was entertained. I was looking around at the audience of young people and adults and kids and everybody was just screaming. A lot of my friends thought that was the future - you know, special effects and live action, but I said, 'You know what? animation can entertain an audience like this', and I believed it in my heart and soul. And I just always remember thinking, 'Let's take it somewhere it hasn't been'."
  • "I've learnt to trust our gut. If it feels right we just go with it."

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References

  1. ^ Business Week article from March 2006 entitled "The Happiest Place on Earth -- Again"
  2. ^ John Lasseter interview
  3. ^ IMDb. John Lasseter - Awards.
  4. ^ NYTimes Article: Disney tries out new talent in an old form, the cartoon short
  5. ^ History of the BSD Daemon mascot

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

External links

  • John Lasseter at the Internet Movie Database
  • Animation Principles:Siggraph paper by John Lasseter
  • Richard Verrier and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Fabled Film Company May Get a Reanimator, Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2006
  • Fortune Magazine interview with John Lasseter - includes biographic information
  • KCRW's The Treatment: John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton (02/04)
  • KCRW's The Treatment: John Lasseter (06/06)

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John Lasseter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (604 words)
John A. Lasseter (born January 12, 1957 in Hollywood, California) is an American animator and the chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Feature Animation.
Lasseter is a founding member of Pixar, where he oversees all of Pixar's films and associated projects as an executive producer.
Lasseter is a close friend of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and has executive produced several of Miyazaki's films for their release in the United States, also overseeing the dubbing of the films for their English language soundtrack.
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