" Mr. Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and animator. In addition to overseeing all of Pixar’s films and projects as executive vice president of creative, he served as director of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 as well as executive producer of Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles (2004). In 2001, he was given a honorary degree from the American Film Institute. Mr. Lasseter is currently in development on his fourth feature film, Cars, scheduled for release in 2005.Mr. Lasseter directed the first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story for which he received a Special Achievement Oscar® and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the first animated film ever to receive an Oscar® nomination for screenplay. Mr. Lasseter has written and directed a number of short films and television commercials while at Pixar; Luxo Jr. (1986 Academy Award® nominee), Red’s Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988 Academy Award® Winner) and Knickknack (1989), which was produced as a 3D stereoscopic film. Tin Toy was the first computer animated film to win an Oscar®, when it won the 1988 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film. Mr. Lasseter also designed and animated the Stained Glass Knight character in the 1985 Steven Spielberg production, Young Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Lasseter joined Lucasfilm’s Computer Division in 1984, and was a founding member of Pixar
when it was formed in February, 1986. Prior to this, he spent five years as an animator at The Walt Disney Company, where he worked on such films as The Fox and the Hound and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. He earned his B.F.A. in film from the California Institute of the Arts where he produced two animated films, each winners of the student Academy Award® for Animation; Lady and the Lamp in 1979 and Nightmare in 1980. His very first award came at the age of five when he won $15.00 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, California for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman."