John Lasseter is Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering. He is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and oversees all Pixar and Disney films and associated projects. Lasseter directed the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed films Toy Story
, A Bug's Life
, and Toy Story 2
. Additionally, he executive produced Monsters, Inc.
, Finding Nemo
and The Incredibles
. Lasseter returned to the director's chair in 2006 with the release of Disney•Pixar film, CARS
In 2004, Lasseter was honored by the Art Directors Guild with its prestigious "Outstanding Contribution To Cinematic Imagery" award and received an honorary degree from the American Film Institute.
Under Lasseter's supervision, Pixar's animated feature and short films have received a multitude of critical accolades and film industry honors. He received a Special Achievement Oscar® in 1995 for his inspired leadership of the Toy Story team. His work on Toy Story
also resulted in an Academy Award®-nomination for "Best Original Screenplay," the first time an animated feature had been recognized in that category. Finding Nemo
, released spring 2003, became the highest grossing animated feature of all time and won the Oscar® for "Best Animated Feature Film."
As creative director of Pixar, Lasseter enjoyed the critical acclaim and box office success of The Incredibles
in 2004. The film was recognized with a record-breaking 16 Annie Award nominations and several "Best Of" awards by The Wall Street Journal, American Film Institute, National Board of Review and many other recognitions.
Lasseter has written, directed and animated a number of highly renowned short films and television commercials for Pixar, including Luxo Jr.
,1986 Academy Award® nominee; Red's Dream
, 1987; Tin Toy
, 1988 Academy Award® winner; and Knickknack
, 1989, which was produced as a 3D stereoscopic film. Pixar's Tin Toy
became the first computer animated film to win an Oscar® when it received the 1988 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film.
Prior to the formation of Pixar in 1986, Lasseter was a member of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he designed and animated the computer-generated Stained Glass Knight character in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-produced film Young Sherlock Holmes
Lasseter attended the inaugural year of the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts and received his BFA in film there in 1979. While attending California Institute of the Arts, Lasseter produced two animated films, both winners of the Student Academy Award® for Animation; Lady and the Lamp
in 1979 and Nitemare
in 1980. His very first award came at the age of five when he won $15.00 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, California, for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman.