John Alan Lasseter (; born January 12, 1957) is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer, voice actor and former chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios. He was also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt Disney Company. After being fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, he joined Lucasfilm, where he worked on the then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. The Graphics Group of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs and became Pixar in 1986. Lasseter oversaw all of Pixar's films and associated projects as executive producer. In addition, he directed Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006), and Cars 2 (2011). From 2006 to 2018, Lasseter also oversaw all of Walt Disney Animation Studios' (and its division Disneytoon Studios') films and associated projects as executive producer.
The films he has made have grossed more than $22 billion (USD), making him one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. Of the nine animated films that have grossed more than $1 billion, six of them are films that involve Lasseter. The films include Toy Story 3 (2010), the first animated film to pass $1 billion, Frozen (2013), the 2nd highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019).
He has won two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Short Film (for Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story).In November 2017, Lasseter took a six-month sabbatical from Pixar and Disney Animation after acknowledging "missteps" in his behavior with employees. According to various news outlets, Lasseter had a history of alleged sexual misconduct towards employees. In June 2018, Disney announced that he would be leaving the company at the end of the year, but took on a consulting role until then. On January 9, 2019, Lasseter was hired to head Skydance Animation. His final films at the company were Toy Story 4 (2019) and Frozen 2 (2019) respectively, on which he acted in both of them as an uncredited executive producer. He received an original story credit on the former.
He is also known as John Alan Lasseter and John A. Lasseter.