John Lasseter Visits Studio Ghibli [UPDATE]

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Update: Unfortunately, due to a request from Studio Ghibli and Disney•Pixar we have pulled the image from Upcoming Pixar (as have they from their host), but you can still imagine the visit below:

At Pixar, they’re really big fans of Studio Ghibli! It’s a big compliment to them when people compare Up to those films because both studios are masters of their craft and admire each other for it.

In fact John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki (founder, director, etc.) are good friends. For those who may not know, Hayao Miyazaki is considered the animation master of Japan directing such masterpieces as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. So when John Lasseter was in town to promote Bolt in Japan, he stopped by Studio Ghibli to say hello to his old friend. Up_dates, the official Twitter of Up, followed Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer on his trip and I thought I’d share those pictures with you guys on the blog!

Click links for reference: John arrived in Tokyo and then headed to the legendary Ghibli Museum. Once there, the Pixar animation guru admired art from the Japanese studio’s films. After lunch, Lasseter signed the wall of fame which is full of doodles by famed animators from Pixar and beyond. Here is his final drawing, it’s John’s version of John! On the previous picture, try to point out every character and signature you can find! Later on, John, Hayao and the Bolt crew sat down for lunch to talk about their craft. Finally, Miyazaki, Lasseter and Suzuki posed for a picture in front of Studio Ghibli. Sounds like they had a great time!

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Last modified: June 8, 2009