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Thursday, November 19, 2015

John Lasseter - number 6 pick for a Disney Legend honor

John Lasseter comes in at number 6. He could easily be number one. His contributions to the Disney Studios are enormous. Plus he has a huge collection of Hawaiian shirts, which in and of itself might give him the nod for this honor! Let's take a look at a few of his accomplishments.

  1. His Wikipedia page - first paragraph, says it all, "He is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer of Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering."
  2. He started off as a Jungle Cruise Skipper!
  3. His combined Disney and Pixar filmography as an animator or contributor - Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, Brave Little Toaster, Mickey's Christmas Carol, and Toy Story.
  4. Films in which he was a director and/or producer - Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monster's Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Cars 2, Meet the Robinsons, Tinker Bell, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Bolt, Up, Ponyo, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story 3, Tangled, Planes, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and more!
  5. He created and directed Tin Toy an influential CGI short for Pixar. He also directed Luxor Jr
  6. He was the voice of the Bug Zapper Bug in A Bug's Life and the Blue Rock-Em Sock-em Robot in Toy Story 2.
  7. He was trained by some of Disney's nine Old Men - including Ollie Johnston and Eric Larson. 
  8. Lasseter owns the "Marie E." steam locomotive, a H.K. Porter 0-4-0ST saddle tank locomotive formerly owned by one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men", Ollie Johnston. In 2005, Lasseter was given permission to bring the Marie E. to Disneyland as part of a celebration honoring Johnston. Johnston was able to take the locomotive around the Disneyland Railroad three times. This is the only time in history an outside locomotive has been permitted to operate on any of the Disney railroads.
  9. Lasseter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood on November 1, 2011, located at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard.
  10. He has won two Academy Awards, for Animated Short Film (Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (Toy Story).

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