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Mr John Lasseter

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John Lasseter
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Hollywood, California
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
💼 Occupation
Head of Animation at Skydance Animation
🌐 Websitehttps://www.crunchbase.com/person/john-lasseter
👍 Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/lasseter/

Early Life[edit]

Filmmaker John (Alan) Lasseter, was born in 1957. He and his twin sister, Joanne, were born in Hollywood, California to a working class family. John's parents, Paul Lasseter and Jewell Lasseter raised their children near Los Angeles in Whittier, California.

Lasseter's interest in animation began early. As a child he drew pictures inspired by the Chuck Jones cartoons he watched after school. His first “industry award” came when he was only five years old. He entered a drawing contest sponsored by the Model Grocery Market in his hometown of Whittier, California. He won $15 for his crayon rendition of the Headless Horseman. This experience and his mother's affectionate encouragement sparked a lifelong devotion to drawing and creative expression.

His educational career began at Pepperdine University. While attending Pepperdine, he learned about a new animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He withdrew from Pepperdine to enroll as the second student in the new Character Animation Program in 1975, and graduated in 1979.


After graduation, John took a position with The Walt Disney Company. His first job was not in animation, however. He served as Jungle Cruise skipper at the Anaheim Disneyland location. Later, he stepped into the role as a Walt Disney Feature Animation animator.

John was terminated by Disney for promoting animation technology without supervisory support. He went from there to join Lucas film Computer Graphics, a company owned by Steve Jobs that later became Pixar. His career journey came full circle when Disney purchased Pixar in 2006. During his tenure with Pixar he was an executive producer and received two Academy Awards, one for Tin Toy and one for Toy Story. He was also nominated for four additional Academy Awards. In addition to his numerous awards, Lasseter became the first animated film producer to receive the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.

John Lasseter stepped down from his position at Pixar and Walt Disney Company at the end of 2018, and joined Skydance as Head of Animation in January 2019. John will oversee all strategy and creative direction.

Notable Works[edit]

For a complete list of works and awards please visit John Lasseter's IMDb

  • Toy Story (1995)
  • A Bug's Life (1998)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Cars (2006)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  • WALL-E (2008)
  • Bolt (2008)
  • Up (2009)
  • The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • Cars 2 (2011)
  • Brave (2012)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (20212)
  • Monsters University (2013)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • The Good Dinosaur (2015)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • Finding Dory (2016)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Cars 3 (2017)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)
  • Luck (Expected 2022)
  • Spellbound (Expected 2022)
  • Pookoo (TBD)