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John Lasseter

John Lasseter [9]

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Born:January 12, 1957 (64)
Filmography Rating:8.56 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.70 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.44 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97.69%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Toy Story [1995](38) => Director
Computer Animation Celebration [1998](41) => Director
A Bug's Life [1998](41) => Director / Bug Zapper Bug #1 (voice)
Toy Story 2 [1999](42) => Director
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 1 [2007](50) => Director
Toy Story 3 [2010](53) => Writer
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 2 [2012](55) => Writer
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 3 [2018](61) => Writer
Toy Story 4 [2019](62) => Original Story

Trivia that mentions this person:
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 1 [2007]
  • Knick Knack -> Bobby McFerrin recorded the soundtrack to a rough cut with dummy credits that only read "blah-blah", so he ad-libbed some blah-blah-blahs for this portion. John Lasseter enjoyed this and kept them in.
  • The Adventures of André & Wally B. -> John Lasseter made this film to entertain his children; ironically, it frightened them instead.
    Toy Story 3 [2010]
  • An early version of Lotso can be seen in the first Toy Story during the staff meeting. Woody asks if the toys "up on the shelf can hear" him, and we see a shot of a big, pinkish bear. John Lasseter wanted to use Lotso in the original Toy Story, but PIXAR had troubles getting the fur right.
    Finding Nemo [2003]
  • Andrew Stanton pitched his idea and story to Pixar head John Lasseter in an hour-long session, using elaborate visual aids and character voices. At the end of it, the exhausted Stanton asked Lasseter what he thought, to which Lasseter replied, "You had me at 'fish'."
    Inside Out [2015]
  • The bubbly texture of the emotions was originally supposed to be just on Joy, but then due to the difficulty of animating this unique design, after eight months, the animators decided to scrap it altogether because it became unaffordable. However, when Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter saw it, he said, "That's great. Put it on all the characters." Commenting on this incident, production designer Ralph Eggleston said, "You could hear the core technical staff just hitting the ground, the budget falling through the roof. But it was all good. They found a way to make it work."
    Monsters University [2013]
  • There is a line in the first Monsters, Inc. where Mike says that Sully has been jealous of his looks since the fourth grade. Since this movie was going to show Mike and Sully meeting in college, it obviously contradicts that line. Director Dan Scanlon admitted that there was some conflict behind that and even had one treatment show Sully and Mike meeting in the fourth grade then skipping ahead to their university years. Pete Docter (director of the first Monsters, Inc.) and John Lasseter personally told Scanlon that they loved that he was honoring that one line said in the movie, but he "...had to do what was best for the story". As a result, the line was put aside and Sully and Mike would be shown meeting in university. As a joke, Scanlon said that Mikes line in the first movie is "an old monster expression."
    The Incredibles [2004]
  • John Lasseter tried to coax Brad Bird to come join him in 1995 when Pixar was working on A Bug's Life. Bird declined. When he later left 20th Century Fox, Lasseter asked again but Bird turned him down again as he had a contract with Warner Brothers to make The Iron Giant. However, when Warners failed to properly promote the film, Bird finally agreed to join Pixar. Lasseter had only one request for his friend: make the film you've been dying to make. As Bird had been sitting on the idea of making a cartoon about a family of superheroes for over a decade, The Incredibles was the natural choice.
    The AristoCats [1970]
  • Originally there was meant to be a direct-to-video sequel titled AristoCats II. It was intended for a 2007 release, but production was canceled back in 2006 after John Lasseter became CEO of both Disney and Pixar.
    A Bug's Life [1998]
  • During the summer of 1994, Pixar's story department began turning their thoughts to their next film, while Toy Story was in post-production. The storyline of A Bug's Life originated in a lunchtime conversation between John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft, the studio's head story team. Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL·E were also conceived at this lunch. Lasseter and his story team had already been drawn to the idea of insects as characters. Insects, like toys, were within the reach of computer animation at the time due to their relatively simple surfaces. Stanton and Ranft wondered whether they could find a starting point in [?] Aesop's fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. Walt Disney had produced his own version with a cheerier ending decades earlier in the 1934 short film The Grasshopper and the Ants.
  • The casting of Hopper proved problematic. John Lasseter's top choice was Robert De Niro, who repeatedly turned the part down, as did a succession of other actors. Kevin Spacey met John Lasseter at the 68th Academy Awards ceremony and Lasseter asked Spacey if he would be interested in doing the voice of Hopper. Spacey was delighted and signed on immediately.
  • DIRECTOR CAMEO: The two mosquitoes trapped in the light of the bugzapper ("Frank, don't go towards the light!" "I can't help it - it's so beautiful!") are the voices of the co-directors, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.
    Toy Story 2 [1999]
  • The floating rocks in the canyon at beginning of the movie were an accident, but John Lasseter liked the effect, so it was used in the final film.
    Toy Story 4 [2019]
  • John Lasseter has said that Pixar would only make a fourth film if it was just as good as or better than the previous three films in the franchise, saying, "We don't want to do anything with [these characters] unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before."
  • This film marked John Lasseter's final involvement with Pixar Animation Studios before he exited the Disney company as chief creative officer.
    Spirited Away [2001]
  • Executive producer John Lasseter of Pixar supervised the English-language dubbing of the film and tried to match the actors' English-language dialog with the mouth movements of the animated characters.
  • There are several instances in the English-dubbed version where dialogue was added in that was not present in the original Japanese release. In an interview with John Lasseter, he explained that it was a necessary addition to help clarify certain elements for American audiences. For example, what is clearly a bathhouse to a Japanese viewer might not be apparent to an American viewer, so this translation issue was fixed by having the character explain, "Oh, it's a bathhouse."