The chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, John Lasseter, is taking a leave of six months. Lasseter is the one who helped Pixar Animation Studios gain its popularity in the business of animation and he was the one who helped Disney to regain its kingdom in the animation business.
This step was taken by him owing to the rising concern of the co-workers and especially the female employees. He has written a memo where he has expressed his apologies and has regretted over his conduct.
People were finding it difficult to work with him and female employees raised concerns regarding his interactions. Owing to which, Lasseter apologized to the people who thought that he had crossed his limits.
A Disney spokesperson has appreciated his candor and apologies and is supporting his decision for the six-month sabbatical.
Lasseter was the executive producer of the Disney’s Oscar-winning movies Frozen and Zootopia. Both the films created an epic at the box office and had earned more than USD 1 Billion. After Lasseter took on the responsibility, Disney has produced blockbusters such as Moana, Tangled, and Wreck-It Ralph.
The 60-year old Lasseter is the key player in the Disney’s film studio business. Lasseter is basically known for his big-kid personality, his love for the Hawaiian shirts, and for his bear hugs. His hug used to cross limits which ended up in a cause of concern by the female employees.
The Walt Disney Family Museum had honored Lasseter with a lifetime achievement award earlier this month. The man had begun his career in the year 1986 and from then he did not turn back. The directorial debut of Lasseter was in the year 1995 for the movie Toy Story. He had won the Oscar in the year 1989 for the best animated short Tin Toy. The list of other hits that he has in his pocket is Cars, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2.
Lasseter long before his connection with the Pixar was connected to Disney. He had joined Disney in 1979 and had worked on the films such as The Fox and the Hound and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. However, he left the company in the year 1983 owing to the disinterest of the management towards computer animation.