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A Bit About John Lasseter

American director, producer, screenwriter, animator, voice actor, and head of the animation at Skydance Animation is John Alan Lasseter.

Quick Facts About John Lasseter

Born: January 12, 1957 (age 65 years), Los Angeles, CA
Spouse: Nancy Lasseter (m. 1988)
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Parents: Paul Eual Lasseter, Jewell Mae Risley
Awards: Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)
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Net Worth: $100 million

How Much Is John Lasseter Worth?

John Lasseter is an American animator, director, screenwriter, and producer with a $100 million fortune.

John Lasseter Net Worth

  • Lasseter is the founder of Skydance Animation and has held the position of chief creative officer at Pixar, Disneytoon, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • He was also the Principal Creative Advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering. John has produced more than 100 projects, including “Toy Story 3” (2010), “Frozen” (2013), “Zootopia” (2016), “Finding Dory” (2016), and “Incredibles 2” (2018), all of which have grossed over $1 billion.
  • He has also directed the Pixar movies “Toy Story” (1995), “Toy Story 2” (1999), “A Bug's Life” (1998), “Cars” (2006), and “Cars 2” (2011). In November 2017, Lasseter took a leave of absence from Disney following allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
  • John would “take a consulting role at The Walt Disney Organization through December 31, 2018, at which point he will be leaving the company,” according to a June 2018 Disney statement.

He joined Skydance Animation in January 2019 and was appointed company CEO.

Exploring John Lasseter Early Life!

On January 12, 1957, John Alan Lasseter was born in Hollywood, California. His mother, Jewell, taught high school art, while his father, Paul, managed the parts department at a car dealership.

John Lasseter Net Worth

  • Growing up in Whittier, California, with his fraternal twin Johanna, John developed an early interest in animation due to his mother's line of work.
  • Lasseter decided he wanted a profession in animation after reading “The Art of Animation” by Bob Thomas.
  • He was the second student to enroll at the California Institute of art's brand-new Character Animation department, established by two Disney animators, T. Hee and Jack Hannah, in 1975.
  • Veteran Disney animators Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, and Eric Larson taught the course.
  • John created the animated shorts “Lady and the Lamp” (1979) and “Nitemare” (1980), which both won Student Academy Awards for Animation while he was enrolled in the CalArts Character Animation school.

Lasseter worked for the Walt Disney Company and served as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise during the summer months.

Exploring John Lasseter Career

Walt Disney Productions employed Lasseter as an animator following his graduation from CalArts.

  • He became enthusiastic about the potential of computer animation in the early 1980s after watching some videos from computer graphics conferences. He and Glen Keane later collaborated on a short test film of “Where the Wild Things Are” that was computer animated.
  • This infuriated their immediate supervisors, who promptly canceled the project and informed Lasseter that his position with Disney Studios had been terminated.
  • Later, he performed independent work for Ed Catmull of the Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Group on the organization's first computer-animated short, “The Adventures of André & Wally B.”
  • Lasseter started working for Lucasfilm full-time in October 1984. Later, he collaborated with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) on the special effects for “Young Sherlock Holmes,” producing the first-ever “entirely computer-generated photorealistic animated figure.”
  • Lasseter and Catmull created the first feature-length computer-animated movie in 1995, “Toy Story.”
  • Lucasfilm Computer Graphics, formerly Pixar Graphics Group, was sold by George Lucas following his divorce.
  • In 1986, Steve Jobs, a co-founder of Apple, established Pixar as a distinct firm.
  • Lasseter served as the executive producer of each Pixar movie while the firm employed him.
  • John was appointed the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Feature Animation (which he later renamed Walt Disney Animation Studios) and Pixar after Disney acquired the company in 2006.
  • He also helped create the attractions for Disney theme parks and rose to the position of chief creative adviser for Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • Every movie Walt Disney Animation Studios produced from 2006 to 2018 was executive produced by Lasseter.
  • In June 2007, Lasseter and Catmull took over the management of Disneytoon Studios. John is acquainted with the well-known Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (of “My Neighbor Totoro” fame), and he managed the dubbing and translation of the English-language soundtracks for several of Miyazaki's movies before they were released in the United States.
  • Lasseter was on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2005 to 2014; his last post before resigning due to term restrictions was first vice president.
  • After John left Disney at the end of 2018, he was hired by Skydance Animation. In April 2020, renowned composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on Disney movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” revealed that he would be working with Lasseter on a project for Skydance.

Lasseter has more than 20 writing credits on his resume and his work as an animator, director, and producer. These include “story by” credits on all four “Toy Story” movies as well as “A Bug's Life,” “Cars,” and “Cars 2.”


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