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John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, 1995
John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, 1995

John Lasseter
born 1957 (age 66 or 67)
Relationship to Steve
Friend, Early Pixar employee
Short Bio

After a brief period at Disney, John Lasseter joined Catmull's and Smith's division at Lucasflim to work on computer animation. He was the creative force behind Pixar's early short movies, including the iconic Luxo Jr., which became the company's mascot. Although animation was nearly killed several times in Pixar's history, Lasseter stayed there, and his talent gave birth to Toy Story, which made the studio a success. He then directed A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2. After the Pixar-Disney merger, Lasseter became Disney's Chief Creative Officer. In 2018, Disney announced that he would be leaving the company at the end of the year, after allegations of sexual misconduct had surfaced the previous year.

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