Happy Birthday: John Lasseter

WILDsound Festival

johnlasseter.jpgJohn Lasseter

Born: January 12, 1957 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

[on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)] The animation of the dwarfs themselves is something pretty much impossible to achieve in computer animation. That fluidity, that squash and stretch, that kind of stuff – it just works in hand-drawn animation.

[on new directions in animated storytelling] You’ve got to tell them for today’s audiences, You can’t have a female character sitting around for a guy to come save her. There’s not one woman I know – my mom, my wife – who is waiting around for guy to save them. For Tangled (2010), the story had to have a little something extra. This was a challenging story that involves child abduction and a poor girl raised in one room for her whole life. But her decision not to wait for someone to save her was what ended…

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