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“Pixar is bulletproof, assholes”

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 17, 2015

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, writing in The Onion: I’ve Got You Dumb Motherfuckers Eating Right Out Of My Hand.

Yes, after the success of our first few movies we had a hunch you’d continue to enjoy the wonderfully designed animation and our smart, lyrical writing, but I didn’t think we’d create a horde of drooling morons ready to drop everything just to watch a fucking rat cook dinner. Time and time again, though, there you chumps are, lined up around the block with your stupid little kids, eager to have your stupid little hearts filled with whimsy.

See also Disney’s Lasseter: Woody will find love in ‘Toy Story 4’.

We Work Remotely

A day in the life of John Lasseter

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 14, 2011

I wasn’t going to watch all twenty-five minutes of this day-in-the-life feature about Pixar’s John Lasseter, but I got sucked in after the first two minutes for some reason and couldn’t stop. The main takeaway is that Lasseter is a relentlessly upbeat, absurdly rich, hugging, cheeseball train freak.

Watching it, I found it almost impossible to reconcile his cheeseball personality with the kind of movies that Pixar makes, except to note that the Pixar films he’s been involved with in a directorial or story capacity (Toy Storys 1-3, Cars 1-2) are the studio’s syrupiest (and Randy Newmanest). (via devour)

An interview with John Lasseter on how

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 05, 2007

An interview with John Lasseter on how the Pixarification of Disney is proceeding.

Short video made by Pixar/Disney’s John

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 22, 2006

Short video made by Pixar/Disney’s John Lasseter when he was a student at CalArts in 1979. (via bb)

Fine interview with Pixar/Disney’s John Lasseter,

posted by Jason Kottke   May 23, 2006

Fine interview with Pixar/Disney’s John Lasseter, who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. “I believe in the nobility of entertaining people, and I take great, great pride that people are willing to give me two or three hours out of their busy lives.”

Now that Lasseter’s on the job, Disney

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 14, 2006

Now that Lasseter’s on the job, Disney may be bringing back their 2-D animation tradition.

A brief history of Pixar. “Even with

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 24, 2006

A brief history of Pixar. “Even with the animation group generating income Pixar was still a money pit. That was about to change. Disney had decided they were willing to give a computer-animated movie a shot.”

John Lasseter at MoMA

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 21, 2005

MoMA just opened their show about Pixar last week and on Friday, we went to a presentation by John Lasseter, head creative guy at the company. Interesting talk, although I’d heard some of it in various places before, most notably in this interview with him on WNYC. Two quick highlights:

At 15 minutes long, the Q&A session at the end of his talk was too short. The MoMA audience is sufficiently interesting and Lasseter was so quick on his feet and willing to share his views that 30 to 40 minutes of Q&A would have been great.

[1] For you Pixar completists and AICN folks out there, the clip showed Lightning McQueen leaving a race track on the back of a flat-bed truck, bound for a big race in California. As the truck drives across the US, you see the criss-crossing expressways of the city stretch out into the long straight freeways of the American west, the roads literally cutting into the beautiful scenery. A cover of Tom Cochran’s Life is a Highway plays as the truck drives. The world of the movie features only cars, no humans…the cars are driving themselves.

Audio interview with John Lasseter (basically creative

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 15, 2005

Audio interview with John Lasseter (basically creative director at Pixar) and Ron Magliozzi, who helped curate the just-opened show at MoMA on 20 years of Pixar.