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"The art challenges technology. Technology inspires the art."
—John Lasseter

John Lasseter is one of the three founding fathers of Pixar Animation Studios.

An animator, director, producer, and writer, Lasseter was responsible for most of Pixar's success and oversaw all of the studio's projects. He was the chief creative officer of both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar until the end of 2018. On June 8, 2018, Lasseter announced he would be stepping down from his roles at both Disney and Pixar on December 31, 2018[1]. Before then, he served as a consultant to the company without an assigned office.


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John Lasseter owns the "Marie E." steam locomotive, which is an H.K. Porter engine. The "Marie E." was once owned by Ollie Johnston, who was one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men." In May 2007, the locomotive visited, and was run by Lasseter at, the Pacific Coast Railroad in Santa Margarita, CA, in May of 2007, alongside the original Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad "Retlaw 1" coaches.



  • Lasseter owns an extensive collection of toys in his office, many of which are from Pixar films such as Toy Story and Cars.
  • Al McWhiggin from Toy Story 2 is loosely based on Lasseter himself. Whenever his youngest sons were little, they'd always wanted to go into his office and play with his toy collection. The toys that Lasseter owns are antiques or one-of-a-kind toys. And whenever his sons would want to play with them, he'd freak out and try to get them to leave them alone and get them newer toys to play with.
  • Lasseter was team captain on his high school swim team.
  • Two toys which were owned by Lasseter were a Casper the Friendly Ghost doll which had a pull string, and a G.I. Joe. These two toys inspired Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
  • In Toy Story 2, an airline at the Tri-County International Airport is named "LassetAir", a pun on his surname.