Lasseter, John 1957–
LASSETER, John 1957–
Born January 12, 1957, in Hollywood, CA; mother was an art teacher; married Nancy; children: Joey, Bennett, P. J., Sam. Education: California Institute of the Arts, B.A., animation, 1979.
Addresses: Office— Pixar Animation Studios, 1001 West Cutting Blvd., Richmond, CA 94804–2028.
Career: Animator, producer, screenwriter, and director. Disney, animator, 1979–83; Pixar, animator, then executive vice president—creative, 1984—.
Awards, Honors: Achievement Award, animation, Student Academy Awards, California Institute of the Arts, 1979, for Lady & the Lamp; Academy Award nomination (with William Reeves), best animated short film, 1986, Silver Berlin Bear (with Reeves), best short film, Berlin International Film Festival, World Animation Celebration winner (with Reeves), computer assisted animation, 1987, all for Luxo, Jr.; Golden Nica Award, Prix Ars Electronica, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, 1988; Academy Award, best short animated film, 1989, for Tin Toy; Golden Space Needle Award, best short film, Seattle International Film Festival, 1990, for Knick Knack; Special Award, outstanding achievement, ShoWest Convention, 1996; Special Achievement Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Academy Award nomination, best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen, Annie Award, best individual achievement: directing, 1996, all for Toy Story; Special Award, outstanding achievement, ShoWest Convention, 1996; Humanitarian Award, ShoWest Convention, 1997; Annie Award nominations (with others), outstanding individual achievement for directing in an animated feature production and outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature production, 1999, both for A Bug's Life; Online Film Critics Association Award nomination (with Peter Docter), best screenplay—original, Annie Awards (with others), outstanding individual achievement for directing in an animated feature production and outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature production, 2000, all for Toy Story 2; First Prize (with others), animated computer 3D short, Vancouver Effects and Animation Festival, 2001, for For the Birds; Vanguard Award (with Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs), PGA Golden Laurel Awards, 2002; DVD Premiere Award nomination (with others), best audio commentary—new release, 2003, for Monsters, Inc.
Creative collaborator, Mickey's Christmas Carol (animated), Buena Vista, 1983.
Director, character designer, models: Andre/Wally, and animator, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B., 1984.
Computer animator, Young Sherlock Holmes (also known as Pyramid of Fear ), Paramount, 1985.
Producer, director, model designer, and animator, Luxo, Jr. (animated short), 1986.
Director, model designer, and animator, Red's Dream, 1987.
Animator, The Brave Little Toaster (animated), 1987.
Director, model designer, and animator, Tin Toy (animated short film), 1988.
Director, Knick Knack (short film), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1989.
Animator, Luxo, Jr., in "Surprise " and "Light & Heavy " (also known as Light & Heavy and Surprise ), 1991.
Director, model designer, and animation system developer, Toy Story (animated), Buena Vista, 1995.
Executive producer, Geri's Game, 1997.
Director, A Bug's Life (animated; also known as Bugs ), Buena Vista, 1998.
Executive producer and director, Toy Story 2 (animated), Buena Vista, 1999.
Executive producer, For the Birds (short film), Pixar, 2000.
Executive producer: U.S., Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (also known as Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Sen, Sen and the Mysterious Disappearance of Chihiro, Spirited Away, and The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro ), Buena Vista, 2001.
Executive producer, Monsters, Inc. (animated), Buena Vista, 2001.
Executive producer, Mike's New Car, Walt Disney, 2002.
Executive producer, Finding Nemo (animated), Buena Vista, 2003.
Also worked on Lady & the Lamp.
Computer Illusions (animated), 1997.
Voice of director, grasshopper in bar, and bug attracted to light, A Bug's Life (animated; also known as Bugs ), Buena Vista, 1998.
Himself, The Hand behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story, Buena Vista, 1999.
Himself, The Making of "Tron, " Walt Disney, 2002.
Himself, The Art of "Spirited Away, " Buena Vista Home Video, 2003.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Himself, The Beatles Revolution, ABC, 2000.
Himself, Walt: The Man Behind the Myth, ABC, 2001.
Tim Burton: Trick or Treat, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.
The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, PBS, 2001.
Disney's California Adventure Special, The Disney Channel, 2001.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Himself, "Chuck Jones: Extremes and In–Betweens, a Life in Animation," Great Performances, PBS, 2000.
Television Work; Episodic:
Contributor of film, Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1991.
Luxo, Jr. (animated short film), 1986.
Red's Dream, 1987.
Tin Toy (animated short film), 1988.
Knick Knack (short film), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1989.
Toy Story (animated), Buena Vista, 1995.
A Bug's Life (animated; also known as Bugs ), Buena Vista, 1998.
Toy Story (animated), Buena Vista, 1999.
(With Steve Daly) Toy Story: The Art and Making of the Animated Film, 1996.
Entertainment Weekly, December 8, 1995, p. 26.
Forbes, December 1, 1997, p. S130.
Time, December 14, 1998, p. 100.
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