John Lasseter is an animator, film producer, film director, and screenwriter. He is the chief operating officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Toon Studios, and is the Principal Creative Advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering.
John Alan Lasseter was born in 1957 in Hollywood, California. He has a fraternal twin sister. He was a teenager when he realized he wanted to do animation professionally. After high school, he attended Pepperdine University. He left to attend the California Institute of Arts when he heard about their character animation program. In 1979 and 1980 he produced the animated shorts Lady and the Lamp and Nitemare, which both won their student Academy Award for Animation. During summer breaks, John began working for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland.
After graduating, in 1979, he began working as an animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation. He became interested in computer generated imagery (CGI). Due to this, he lost employment with Walt Disney Studios. In 1984, he began with Lucasfilm. He gained full-time employment with them in the summer. In 1995, Toy Story was the first-ever computer animated feature film. Lucasfilm Computer Graphics became Pixar in 1986. Lasseter oversees all of Pixar’s films and associated projects as executive producer. He has been nominated for and won Academy Awards. In 2008, John was awarded the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement for animators. Disney bought Pixar in 2006.
From 2005 until 2014, Lasseter served on the board of governors of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
He married his wife Nancy in 1988. They have five children. They currently live in Glen Ellen, California. They own Lasseter Family Winery. He owns (and wears one daily) over 1,000 Hawaiian shirts and has a passion for cars. In 2009, John received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University.
John Lasseter has worked on dozens of short films and feature films. His dream to work on animation was fulfilled and can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys any of the movies or other projects he has been a part of. Be inspired! Have a bright day!