Cars is the first movie John has directed since Toy Story 2.
The short film One Man Band is on the Cars DVD, along with the new short made for the DVD Mater and the Ghostlight.
John's father is Paul Lasseter.
John has produced several of Miyazaki's films for release in the United States, and has overseen the dubbing of the films for their english soundtrack.
When Disney purchased Pixar in April of 2006, John was made Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar and Disney animation studios and Principal Creative Advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he will help design attractions for Disney's theme parks.
Lives in Sonoma, CA with wife Nancy.
John's first major screen credit was the 1986 short Luxo Jr.
John is the executive producer of the Disney and Pixar film Ratatouille that was released on June 29, 2007.
John is the Vice President of Pixar.
John is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki, who is also a close personal friend.
John has been a Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) since 2005.
Ranked #1 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list with Pixar/Disney executive Steve Jobs. They had ranked #3 in 2005 and #1 in 2004.
Ranked #1 in Premiere's 2004 annual Power 100 list with Pixar CEO Steve Jobs. They had ranked #23 in 2003 and #31 in 2002.
John introduces the DVD release of Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky (1986), which is one of his favorite films.
By his freshman year of high school, he had developed a love of cartoons and animation.
While still in high school,he wrote to The Walt Disney Studios to express his interest in the field.
Received the Los Angeles Film Critics Animation Award (Feature-Length) for A Bug's Life in 1998.
Received an Oscar for Best Achievement in Animated Short Films for the film Tin Toy in 1988.
John has five sons with wife Nancy: Joey Lasseter, Bennett Lasseter, PJ Lasseter, and Sam Lasseter.
Spouse: Nancy Lasseter
He won his first award at the age of five where he won $15.00 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, California, for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman.
In 2004, he was honored by the Art Directors Guild with its prestigious "Outstanding Contribution To Cinematic Imagery" award, and received an honorary degree from the American Film Institute.
The movie Cars combines The two loves of John's life cartoons and cars.
John is praised by many as the "current Walt Disney".
John was born in Hollywood, but was raised in Whittier, California.
Received Academy Award for special achievement for Toy Story (1995).
His first job for Disney was as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland in Anaheim.
He graduated from California Institute of the Arts.
One of the founding members of Pixar.
John Lasseter has been a part of every Pixar film to date.
Director/Producer of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and a Bugs Life.
Was also the Executive Producer for the Japanese anime film Spirited Away (2002).
Was the Executive Producer for, four Pixar films including: Monsters Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004).
He directed the new Disney and Pixar movie Cars, released on June 9, 2006.
John: (About Joe Ranft) Joe had a great passion for telling stories, and he told them better than anyone, He was funny, poignant, original, and he had an infallible sense for how to structure a story. Joe helped to make Pixar what it is today, and he helped us to elevate the craft of storytelling. He was a big part of our lives, and we loved him and loved working with him. It's hard to imagine a world without Joe Ranft and the joy and fun he brought to all of us on a daily basis.
John: (About Joe Ranft's death) This is not only a huge personal loss for all of us at Pixar, but a tremendous loss to moviegoers the world over.
John: (About the movie Ratatouille) It is about a rat that wants to be a fine chef in a top French restaurant in Paris. It is a wonderful story about following your passions when all the world is against you. A rat to a kitchen is death; a kitchen to a rat is death.
John: Let me tell you a funny story. I took the family to see this film one weekend, I'll go to see almost any film that's good for the whole family. And so we're sitting there watching this film, which I won't name, and there are long stretches that are just not very entertaining. My little son - he was probably 6 at the time was sitting next to me, and right in the middle of this dull section, he turns to me and says, "Dad? How many letters are in my name?" I must have laughed for five minutes. I thought, Oh, man, this movie has lost this little boy. His mind has been wandering, trying to figure out how many letters there are in his name. So I told my wife, Nancy, what he said, and she started laughing, and then the story went down the row through my whole family, our four other sons, and we're sitting there as a family giggling and laughing. And I thought to myself, If ever a child anywhere in the world leans over to their daddy during one of my movies and asks, "How many letters are in my name?" I'll quit.
John: From the beginning, I kept saying it's not the technology that's going to entertain audiences, it's the story. When you go and see a really great live-action film, you don't walk out and say 'that new Panavision camera was staggering, it made the film so good'. The computer is a tool, and it's in the service of the story.
John: Andrew Stanton always said that 2-D animation became the scapegoat for bad storytelling, but you can make just as bad of a movie in 3-D.
John: (About the movies that he makes) We make the kind of movies we want to see, we love to laugh, but I also believe what Walt Disney said 'for every laugh there should be a tear'. I love movies that make me cry, because they're tapping into a real emotion in me, and I always think afterwards how did they do that?
John: When I was in high school I read this book called ,The Art of Animation, by Bob Thomas, it's all about the Walt Disney studio and the making of Sleeping Beauty. I read this and it dawned on me - wait a minute, people do animation for a living?
John:(about making the movie Cars) I learned that the journey in life is a reward, It's about living every day to its fullest, and I knew that's what I wanted the film to be about.