Lasseter’s resume speaks for itself. His position as Chief Creative Officer of Skydance Animation continues to grow the division at a rapid pace. Skydance Animation, Luck, and Spellbound have made a name in the market thanks to his solid leadership.
Skydance Animation has already made a name for itself with some latest releases, including Kung Fu Panda 3. The movie enjoyed massive success at the box office last year, earning over $1 billion worldwide! Kung Fu Panda 3 made history by becoming DreamWorks’ third highest-grossing film ever – behind only Shrek 2 ($441 million) and Shrek the Third ($441 million).
The film also set an impressive record by becoming the second animated movie to gross over $500 million domestically behind Frozen ($400 million). With numbers like these, it’s easy to see why Skydance Animation is on its way to becoming one of animation’s biggest players in just five short years since its inception!
Lasseter, the former head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, also worked on a sequel to the Pixar film Toy Story 4. John Lasseter has won multiple awards for his work in animation, including two Oscars (for Tin Toy and Cars), one Golden Globe (for Ratatouille), one Emmy (for Tin Toy), and four Annie Awards (for Tin Toy, Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, and Toy Story).
After a six-month sabbatical following the #MeToo movement, John Lasseter returned to Skydance Animation as head of the company, according to an announcement on Friday. John Lasseter now has a crucial role at Skydance. He added: “Skydance’s visionary films and its commitment to quality storytelling have helped define animation as a genre, and I am excited about its future under David Ellison’s leadership.”
Lasseter has had a passion for animation since he was a child. Some of the films he worked on include The Brave Little Toaster and The Fox and the Hound. In 1984, John Lasseter took a position with Pixar after being hired by Ed Catmull to help create computer-animated films. He directed Toy Story in 1995.
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