John Lasseter – Animated Films

John Lasseter has been an integral part of entertainment history and can be credited as the man behind some of the most iconic films in animation. He first joined Disney as a production assistant before being promoted to an animator on all projects, by 1978 he was a vice president.

His Achievements

  • First non-Disney animator to win Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Tin Toy (1988)· Set up Pixar Animation Studios and directed its first feature film – Toy Story (1995) the first ever computer-animated full length feature film.
  • He was the driving force behind producing high quality, traditional hand drawn animation films. Such films included Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aladdin (1992). All these films were great commercial successes as well as artistic achievements.
  • The Toy Story films have been continuously successful with a third instalment scheduled to be released in June 2010. After this he is planning to produce a fourth one in 2011.

John Lasseter’s career began at Disney Studios in the early 1970s. He worked on such productions as The Fox and the Hound (1981). He eventually got promoted to a production supervisor which allowed him to do his own designs.

He was initially given an animated short film project called Tin Toy in 1986 which was based on a simple mechanical toy once owned by Walt Disney. Tin Toy was designed with some of Lasseter’s designs, however it turned out to be more of a tribute to Luke Skywalker’s brief history as an X-wing pilot.


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