John Lasseter, named John Alan Lasseter at birth, is an American film director focusing mainly on animated movies. He is the CEO of various studios, like DisneyToon, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation, apart from being the PCA of Walt Disney Imagineering. Here’s a quick summary of John Lasseter’s net worth in 2018.
John Lasseter’s Early Life
John Lasseter was born on 12 January 1957 in Hollywood, California to Paul Eual Lasseter and Jewell Mae. His father was a manager at Chevrolet company, while his mother taught art. John was born as a twin with his sister, Johanna Lasseter-Curtis who is 6 minutes older than him. He was raised in Whittier city of Southern California. From his very childhood, he was interested in animated movies. While studying at high school, he read Bob Thomas’ book, “The Art of Animation”. The book was about the production of Disney’s 1959 film, “Sleeping Beauty”. After watching Disney’s film, “The Sword in the Stone” in 1963, he made up his mind to become an animator himself.
John went to Pepperdine University for his higher education, but when he came to know about the character animation program of the ‘CalArts’ (California Institute of the Arts), he decided to leave Pepperdine and follow his dream of becoming an animator. Finally in 1975, he got admission in the CalArts’ character animation program. While at CalArts, he produced two award winning short animated movies titled “Lady and the Lamp” (in 1979) and “Nitemare” (in 1980). During his summer breaks at CalArts, he got a job at the “Walt Disney Company”. It was here that he learned about comedy and the way to entertain people.
In 1988, John Lasseter married Nancy with whom he has 5 sons.
John Lasseter’s Career, Awards & Achievement
Due to John Lasseter’s success with “Lady and the Lamp”, he got a job at the “Walt Disney Feature Animation” immediately after graduating in 1979. While working at Disney, he suggested the use of computers to make 3D films. Later, he with his friend, Glen Keane came up with the idea of an animated feature film with a computer animated background. The project was tested with the release of a short film called “Where the Wild Things Are”.
After its success, they finally started to work on “The Great Mouse Detective”. It was based on Thomas Disch’s book, “The Brave Little Toaster”. However, due to large investment in the mixing of traditional and computer animation, the project was cancelled by the head of the Disney studios. This project also cost John his job and he was finally thrown out of Disney studios. While working for his computer based animation project, John had made some friends in the computer industry.
So, after being fired from Disney, he met with two of them: “Ed Catmull” and “Alvy Ray Smith” and told them about his project on ” The Brave Little Toaster”. Just within a few hours, all three of them agreed to work on the project and finally came up with the idea of the first computer animated short film: “The Adventures of André and Wally B”. John then spent a long time at Lucasfilm, developing a mutual relationship with the computer scientists. He learned to use many of the software and in return taught them about the art of film making.
When John came to know about the vast application of software developed at Lucasfilm, he changed his original idea to create only the backgrounds on computers and finally came up with the idea of making everything (including the characters) computer animated. In 1984, the short CGI film was presented at SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques).
Finally after 11 years, the work of John and his friend Catmull bore fruit in their life when the first-ever computer-animated feature film, “Toy Story” was released in 1995. After purchasing “Pixar” on 24 January 2006, Disney rehired John and made him the chief creative officer of both “Walt Disney Feature Animation” and “Pixar”, the former of which was renamed to “Walt Disney Animation Studios”. Since 2007, all of Disney Studios’ films and associated projects are done under the leadership of John as an executive producer. Few recent shorts of Disney studio under John include “Feast” (2014) and “Inner Workings” (2016).
Awards and Achievements
With his talents and out of the box thinking capability, John Lasseter was rejoined by Disney studios and was given one of the top most positions. Some of his award winning works include:
• “Academy Awards” for “Tin Toy”.
• “Student Academy Award for Animation” for “Lady and the Lamp” and “Nitemare”.
• “Special Achievement Award” for “Toy Story”.
• “Winsor McCay Award” in 2008.
Net Worth of John Lasseter’s
The total estimated net worth of John Lasseter till date is $120 million. The main source of his income is the films he directs or produces. This huge worth has given John a very comfortable and luxurious life.
John Lasseter is the personality who is known for following his passion tirelessly. His passion for animated movies cost him his job, but he still didn’t lose hope and continued to work to achieve his dreams. It was his dedication and hard work towards his work that forced the company, which once fired him, to re-invite him and offer him one of the biggest posts. John’s creativity rules in the hearts of animated movie lovers.