Pixar’s John Lasseter Receives Hollywood Star

John Lasseter was honored with a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. He has earned it with his involvement with Disney and Pixar and directing Toy Story 1 & 2.

Here’s a little backstory on the legendary Pixar member. John Lasseter first started at Disney as an animator. One project he wanted to work on, The Brave Little Toaster, got him fired from Walt Disney Studios because the heads didn’t think that an animated film that mixes 2D and 3D was cost effective.

After being fired, Lasseter worked at an experimental company, Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Group. The company would later become Pixar, thanks to Steve Jobs, and would later be a part of the Disney family. Lasseter took on the role of director for Pixar’s first animated feature film, Toy Story, and the rest was history. He went on to direct A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2.

Being fired from Disney was probably the best thing that happened to him, because he’s now the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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