John Lasseter is a hero to most animators. He worked at Disney in the 80s, but decided (a little earlier than most people) that they were no longer necessarily the industry innovators that they had been during the life of Uncle Walt. He tried to persuade them to experiment more with the power of computers to create animation, but the financial disaster of Tron had persuaded Disney otherwise. So Lassiter went off to create Pixar, the new leaders and innovators of the animation industry, who have made some of the most inspiring and creative films of the last 2 decades.
So all in all, bit of a legend.
But what does a legend do on a daily basis? Pretty much all I know about John Lasseter’s life is that he drives a beat up old car and owns a ridiculous amount of Hawaiian shirts (I’m not kidding here, he owns 374 Hawaiian shirts – that’s more than there are days in the year!).
Two days ago, Walt Disney pictures released this 25 minute documentary, showing a day in the life of John Lasseter. Well worth a watch for all animation buffs