Thursday, 12 January 2012
Happy Birthday John Lasseter!
55 years ago today, the course of animation and of film history would begin to be changed forever, as today marks the 55th anniversary of the birth of the genius that is John Lasseter.
Lasseter, an avid Disney fan his entire life, was determined to be an animator, and when his dream job at Disney didn't go exactly as planned, he decided to control his own future. John would hook up with Computer Science graduate, Ed Catmull, and begin the first incarnation of Pixar. Starting off directing short films such as Luxo Jr. and Tin Toy, Lasseter would soon go on to pioneer and direct Toy Story, the first computer animated feature film in history. From here on in, Pixar blossomed and its films grew and grew in critical and box office success, and a very large portion of this is due to the work, imagination and genius of John Lasseter.
So, today, let us pay thanks to the Walt Disney of our generation: Happy Birthday John Lasseter!