As Pixar and Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter has accomplished so much at both studios and within the animation industry as a whole. On November 7th, he was recognized by the Walt Disney Family Museum at their third annual fundraising gala, which seeks to foster emerging talent. Lasseter received the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the third, after renowned Disney legends Marty Sklar and Richard Sherman.
Bonnie Hunt, who voices Sally in the Cars films and who will appear in Toy Story 4, was hostess for the night. She was also joined by Disney CEO Bob Iger and president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, Ed Catmull, who were presenters. Other Pixar guests included Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Jonas Rivera, Ronnie del Carmen, Jim Murphy, Jay Ward, and Pixar president Jim Morris. Guests were also treated to a special performance by Frozen‘s award winning songwriting team, Bobby Anderson and Kristen-Anderson Lopez. It’s no secret that Lasseter is a huge Frozen fan. In addition to his award, the film’s stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell performed songs from the film.
You can also watch footage from the ceremony below.
One other noteworthy event was a bid for a speaking role in Toy Story 4! The response was so enthusiastic that Lasseter added two more roles to bid on. Can’t wait to meet those characters (and the voice actors) when the film opens in 2019.
A very hearty congratulations to John Lasseter for such a well deserved award.