Happy Birthday John Lasseter! We owe much that is great geeky entertainment in this world to John. He worked on the team that produced the first ever computer animated short, The Adventures of André and Wally B. Then, after Steve Jobs acquired Lucasfilm in 1986, the animated short grew into what we now know as Toy Story. Lasseter ultimately oversaw production of all of Pixar’s films and associated projects as executive producer and personally directed Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars.
I had the pleasure of hearing John speak at the NY Toy Fair last year when he was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Between the short film interviewing people who have worked with him and his acceptance speech, he impressed me greatly with two things. First and foremost is that he is still a child at heart. Completely and whole heartedly a kid, and that is a great part to his key to success. Secondly he is completely comfortable with himself and unashamed of who he is. Even when he grabs a toy car and zooms down the hall, imitating the sound of the engine as he goes.
So happy birthday to John Lasseter, a great role model for geek dads and kids alike.