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John Alan Lasseter is an American animator, film director, producer, voice actor, screenwriter and much more. Here we will discuss John Lasseter Net Worth, wealth, source of income, earnings, salary and career life.
He is the famous American animator, film director and producer, screenwriter and voice actor as well. He is also a former chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios. John Lasseter was the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.
John Lasseter began his career with the Walt Disney Company as an animator. After being fired from Disney, he joined Lucasfilm and worked on the use of CGI animation. Steve Jobs purchases the graphics group of the computer division of Lucasfilm and became Pixar Animation Studio in 1986, commonly known as Pixar. As executive producer, he oversaw all the associated projects and Pixar’s film.
In 1995, John Lasseter directed “Toy Story”. He also directed “A bugs Life” in 1998, “Toy Story 2” in 1999, “Cars” in 2006 and “Cars 2” in 2011. From (2006-2018), John Lasseter oversaw all of Walt Disney animation studios and its division Disneytoon studios films and other associated projects as executive producer.
John Lasseter has won two Oscars Awards for Best Animated Short Film for Tin Toy, and Special Achievement Award for Toy Story.
John Lasseter Net Worth:
The Net Worth of John Alan Lasseter is $100 Million.
Early Life & Biography:
John Lasseter was born on January 12, 1957 (63 years old) in Hollywood, California. His father Paul Eual Lasseter (1924 to 2011), was a parts manager at Chevrolet dealership and his mother Jewell Mae (1918 to 2005), was an art teacher in Bell Gardens High School. Lasseter mother’s profession contributed to his growing preoccupation with animation, and he drew cartoons from his childhood.
He is a fraternal twin; his sister Johanna Lasseter-Curtis is six minutes older. She became a baker that is based in the Lake Tahoe area.
In his childhood, Lasseter was fond of watching Chuck Jones cartoons on television. When he was in high school, he read The Art of Animation by Bob Thomas, and this book covered the history of Disney animation and explored the making of Disney’s 1959 film “Sleeping beauty”.
This book made Lasseter realize that he wanted to do animation himself. After watching Disney’s 1963 film “The Sword in the Stone”, he finally made a decision that he should become an animator. John Lasseter heard a new character animation program at the CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) and follow his dream of becoming an animator. Lasseter’s mother encouraged him to take up a career in animation.
In 1975, he enrolled the second student in the CalArts character animation program that was created by Disney animators Jack Hannah and T. Hee. Lasseter Produced two animated short films during his time there, Lady and lamp (1979), and Nitemare (1980). Each short film won the Student Academy Award.
During summer breaks in CalArts, Lasseter first started working for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland in Anaheim and got a job as Jungle Cruise skipper, where he learned the basics of comedy and comic timing to entertain audiences on the rid.
Lasseter won two Academy Awards for Animated Short Film Tin Toy, as well as Special Achievement Award for Toy Story. He was honoured Winsor McCay Award (The Lifetime Achievement Award for Animators) in 2008.
- (2007) Golden Globe Award for a best-animated feature film.
- (1989) Academy Award for best Shor Film Tin Toy.
- (1996) Special Achievement Academy Award for Toy Story.
- (2009) Golden Lion For Life Time Achievement.
- (2002) Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Feature Production.
- The Art Of Coco (2017).
- An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters (2015).
- Disney/Pixar a Bug’s Life Read-along (2007).
- Toy Story: The Art and Making of Animated Film (1995).
Lasseter married with Nancy 1988 and have four sons. He lives in Glen Ellen, California with his wife Nancy. Nancy , a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and she majored in computer Graphics Applications. John Lasseter and Nancy was met in 1985 at a Computer Graphics Conference in San Francisco.
John Lasseter own “Lasseter Family Winery” in Glen Ellen, California and the property include a narrow gauge railroad named the Justi Creek Railway, almost 2 miles long, including a train station. Lasseter purchased water tower from former Disney animator Ward Kimball.
He is fond of Hawaiian Shirts, so he owns a collection of more than 1000 Hawaiian shirts that he wears on every day.
John Lasseter also inherited his late father’s passion for cars. He watched auto races at Sonoma Raceway near his home and collect classic cars. He also directed two films about cars. His favourite car black 1952 Jaguar XK120 and his favourite movie are Walt Disney’s Dumbo.
“There is such amazing talent in Disney, my job is 100% creative, and I am very excited to creatively lead them.”
“The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspired the art”.
What makes it so successful?
After graduation in 1979, Lasseter got a job as an animator at “Walt Disney Productions” due to his success with “Lady and Lamp”. In 1979, Disney animator Mel Shaw told Lose Angeles Times that “John’s got an instinctive feel for character and movement and show every indication of blossoming here at our studios, In time he will make a fine contribution”. At the same time, he worked for Disney Project called Musicana, though Musicana was never released it led to the development of Fantasia (2000).
Between 1980 and 1981, accidentally Lasseter came across some videotapes from one of then latest computer graphics conferences, who showed the very beginning of computer animation, and he inspired by this latest computer technology.
After that, one day when he was invited by his friends Jerry Rees and Bill Kroyer, while they working on Mickey’s Christmas Carol to come and see the first light cycle sequences for an upcoming film Tron, featuring latest Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).
Lasseter saw great potential in this latest technology in animation and he realized that computer could be used to make films with three-dimensional backgrounds, where traditionally animated characters could interact to add a new visually stunning depth that had not been possible before and it was a new thing that attracts John.
One day, John Lasseter and Glen Keane discuss how great it would be to make computer-animated backgrounds. Keane agreed for this but first, they decided to make a short film for the test to see how it work out.
They chose Where the Wild Things Are, and results were satisfied especially for the Lasseter who dedicated himself for this project. The Wild things test project was completed in January 1984, but there would be no more work for Lasseter in Disney Animation.
He fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, then he joined Lucasfilm where he worked on CGI Animation. Due to Georg’s Lucas financially issues, he forced to sell Lucasfilm Computer Graphics. Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs and it became Pixar in 1986.
John Lasseter oversaw all of Pixar’s films and other important project ad executive producer. Lasseter personally directed A Bugs Life (1998), Toy Story 2(1999), Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011).