John Lasseter, one of animation studio Pixar’s early employees and the director of such hits as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Cars, last week accepted a Disney Legend award on behalf of his late colleague Steve Jobs.
It was Jobs, of course, who funded Lucasfilms’ computer division, the Graphics Group, becoming its majority shareholder and turning it into the extraordinarily successful Pixar in 1986.
Pixar was bought by Walt Disney Studios in 2006 at a valuation of US$7.4 billion. Up until that point, Pixar had enjoyed a ground-breaking run of critically acclaimed and financially successful films, namely Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Cars.
The hits continued after Disney’s buyout, thanks to titles like Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3 and Brave, as well as this year’s Monsters University.
Accepting the award, Lasseter recounted his experiences working with Jobs. A couple of videos of the acceptance speech have appeared online, one of which you can watch below.
Disney explains its 2013 awards thus, “The Disney Legend Award is our highest and most coveted honour. It’s reserved for the extraordinary visionaries and artists behind the Disney magic, the men and women who push the limits of innovation and creativity to ensure Disney remains truly special.The eight Legends we honour this year helped create some of our most beloved characters along with exciting new worlds and thrilling attractions. They also entertained millions of people and expanded our definition of what’s possible. They are all indelible parts of our legacy, and we are proud to recognise them as true Disney Legends.”
The other seven people receiving the award were Monsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, veteran US TV variety show host Dick Clark, two Walt Disney ‘imagineers’ Tony Baxter and Collin Campbell, animator Glen Keane and comedian Ed Wynn. Apparently, it’s still tricky to find any women “pushing the limits of innovation” in the world’s biggest mousehole…
by Macworld Australia staff