John Lasseter

Director, Animator, Writer
A lover of traditional hand-drawn animation since his adolescence, animation director and Pixar executive John Lasseter made his mark in the field as a pioneering director of computer-generated animation with "Tin Toy" ... Read more »
Born: 01/11/1957 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (35)

Big Hero 6 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Get A Horse! 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Luxo Jr. 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pirate Fairy 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tinker Bell And the Legend Of The NeverBeast 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Frozen 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Planes 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Brave 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pixie Hollow Games 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Day & Night 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Disney's Prep & Landing 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Producer

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

(U.S. Production) (Executive Producer)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Up 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bolt 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Presto 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tinker Bell 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lifted 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Howl's Moving Castle 2005 (Movie)

(USA) (Executive Producer)

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spirited Away 2002 (Movie)

(USA release) (Executive Producer)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prep & Landing 2: Naughty Vs. Nice (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (18)

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Yume to kyôki no ohkoku 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's California Adventure Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Burton: Trick or Treat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Additional Voices (Actor)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

(post-production) (Voice)

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor
Director (12)

Luxo Jr. 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

English Voice Talent Director (Director)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Luxo Jr. in "Surprise" and "Light & Heavy" 1991 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

Knickknack 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Tin Toy 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Red's Dream 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Nitemare 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (11)

Planes 2013 (Movie)

Original Story By (Story By)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

(Story By)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

(Story By)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

original story (Story By)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

original story (Story By)

Tin Toy 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Red's Dream 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Executive (10)

Big Hero 6 2014 (Movie)

Studio Leadership(Walt Disney Animation Studios) (Studio Executive)

Frozen 2013 (Movie)

Studio Leadership(Walt Disney Animation Studios) (Studio Executive)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Creative Team(Pixar) (Creative Executive)

Brave 2012 (Movie)

Creative Team(Pixar) (Creative Executive)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Creative Team(Pixar) (Creative Executive)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

Studio Leadership(Walt Disney Animation Studios) (Studio Executive)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

Studio Leadership(Walt Disney Animation Studios) (Executive)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Pixar Senior Creative Team (Creative Executive)

Up 2009 (Movie)

Pixar Senior Creative Team (Executive)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Pixar Senior Creative Team (Executive)
Visual Effects & Animation (6)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

modeling & animation system development (Animator)

Luxo Jr. in "Surprise" and "Light & Heavy" 1991 (Movie)

animation (Animator)

Tin Toy 1988 (Movie)

(Animator)

Tin Toy 1988 (Movie)

modeling (Visual Effects)

Red's Dream 1987 (Movie)

(Animator)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

computer animation group (Animator)
Sound (1)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Voice(Skywalker Sound) (ADR Voice Casting)

Biography

A lover of traditional hand-drawn animation since his adolescence, animation director and Pixar executive John Lasseter made his mark in the field as a pioneering director of computer-generated animation with "Tin Toy" (1988) and "Toy Story" (1995), both of which became the first short film and feature film to win Academy Awards, respectively. Having been a successful animation director with Walt Disney Studios, Lasseter branched out on his own to join Pixar Studios and helped turn the fledgling animation studio into a monster success that churned out hit after hit with "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" (1998), "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and "Finding Nemo" (2003). Having directed many of Pixar's hits, Lasseter had a direct hand in the company's extraordinary success, while also steering its financial health as both an executive producer and high-ranking executive. He returned to the Disney fold when the conglomerate bought Pixar in 2006 and made Lasseter the chief creative officer of the animation studio, where Lasseter oversaw other big hits like "Ratatouille" (2007), "Wall-E" (2008) and "Up" (2009). By the time he served as the executive producer on "Tangled" (2010) and "Toy Story 3" (2010), both of which were widely hailed by critics, Lasseter was assured of his place as one of animation's most successful pioneers.

Relationships

Nancy Lasseter

Wife

Bennett Lasseter

Son

Joey Lasseter

Son

P J Lasseter

Son

Sam Lasseter

Son
Diagnosed as a diabetic at the age of 10

Jackson Lasseter

Son

Paul Lasseter

Father
Works as a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership

Jewell Risley

Mother

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1979
Second student accepted into the Disney-funded start-up program in animation; won Student Academy Awards for the two animated films he made there, "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare"

Milestones

2011

Returned to directing with "Cars 2"

2009

Executive produced the Disney animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog"

2008

Executive produced the Pixar animated feature, "WALL-E"

2007

Produced the Pixar animated feature, "Ratatouille"

2006

Directed and co-wrote the animated feature, "Cars"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated feature

2006

Appointed Chief Creative Officer of both the Pixar and Disney animation studios when the Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar

2004

Produced the animated Pixar film, "The Incredibles"; directed and written by Brad Bird

1998

Co-directed the computer-animated "A Bug's Life"

1995

Feature directing debut, "Toy Story"; also credited for original story (with three others) and modeling & animation system development

1991

First TV credit, provided a film for NBC's "Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes"

1988

Gained notice for his Academy Award winning short, "Tin Toy"; credited for directing, scripting, animating and modeling

1986

Joined Pixar, the computer animation company formed by entrepreneur Steven Jobs with his purchase of the computer animation division of Lucasfilm

1986

Created the Oscar nominated animated short film, "Luxo Jr"

1985

Worked on the computer animation group of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic for the feature "Young Sherlock Holmes"

1984

Left Disney intending to work at Lucasfilm for a month; stayed for 6 months

1983

Invited by Pixar founder Ed Catmull to visit the computer graphics unit of Lucasfilm

1979

Hired by the Disney feature animation department upon graduation

Contributed animation to such films as "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) and "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1984)

Co-created with fellow Disney animator Glen Keane, an experimental 30-second test film based on Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are," to demonstrate how traditional hand-drawn character animation could be combined with com

Apprenticed at Disney during summer breaks

Became the second student accepted into the then new Disney-sponsored animation program at CalArts (an institution started by Walt Disney)

Made two animated films while at CalArts, "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare" (both won Student Academy Awards)

While still in high school, wrote to The Walt Disney Studios to express his interest in the field

Bonus Trivia

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Lasseter received consecutive gold medals in 1979 and 1980 at the Student Academy Awards.

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