John Lasseter

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  • Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm


  • SIGGRAPH 1991

    John Lasseter is a Director/Animator at PIXAR. John won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Tin Toy, the first computer animated film to win an Oscar.

    As a director and animator of computer animated films, John has helped create a number of short films and television commercials at Pixar: Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, Tin Toy and most recently Knickknack. He also designed and animated the Stained Glass Knight in Steven Spielberg’s Young Sherlock Holmes.

    John joined Pixar in 1984 after five years as an animator at Walt Disney Studios, where he worked on The fox and the Hound, Mickey’s Christmas Carol and  the “Wild Things Computer Animation Test”.

    In 1986 John received the “Raoul Servais Animation Award” for his work in animation from the Genk International Animation Festival in Belgium. He received a BFA in Film from the California Institute of the Arts in 1979. At CalArts, he produced two animated films, each winners of the Student Academy Award for Animation, Lady and the Lamp and Nitemare. John also won $15.00 from the Model Market in Whittier, CA for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman in 1962.  

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