John Lasseter: The Whiz Who Made Pixar King

John Lasseter: The Whiz Who Made Pixar King

by Jeff Lenburg




A two-time Academy Award-winning director and animator, John Lasseter is a founding member of and the creative force behind Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar is responsible for ushering in the age of computer-animation and revolutionizing the industry, having produced blockbuster features such as Cars, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., and Wall-E. Lasseter began his career in animation at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he soon became fascinated by the potential for creating animation using computer-generated images. After a move to a division of Lucasfilm that would become Pixar, Lasseter wrote, directed, and produced many computer-animated short films and television commercials, including the first completely computer-animated short to win an Oscar, Tin Toy. He then began work on the first computer-animated feature film, the landmark Toy Story, which forever changed the animation industry. In John Lasseter, learn how this creative mind keeps bringing lasting characters and stories to the big screen through the wizardry of animation.

Animated cartoons have brought joy, laughter, and excitement to countless audiences ever since this lively art first flickered onto movie screens in the early 20th century. Today many classic animated characters are known and loved around the world, and the animators who created them are imitated and admired. The LEGENDS OF ANIMATION series tells the life stories of the amazing artists who built and shaped the animation industry, created some of animation's most enduring characters and stories, and influenced the technology of animation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604138405
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Legends of Animation Series
Pages: 136
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 Uncovering His Artistic Passion11
2 Working at the House Walt Built23
3 Taking a Creative Leap34
4 Championing Computer Animation Byte by Byte45
5 Toying His Way to Infinity and Beyond!58
6 Living in a Pixar World89
7 Restoring the Magic of Disney104
Selected Resources126
Selected Bibliography128
About the Author136

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