John Lasseter is an American animator and the Chief Creative Advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering. He is responsible for the creation of films like "Luxo Jr" (1986), "Toy Story" (1995), "A Bug’s Life"1998), "Toy Story 2" (1999), "Cars" (2006), and " Cars 2" (2011). He has won two Oscars for- Best Animated Short film (for Tin Toy) and a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story).

Born in Hollywood, California on January 12, 1957, Lasseter was drawn to drawing at an early age. He received $15 as his first award at the age of 5, for a crayon sketch of the Headless Horseman. While growing up in Whittier, he developed an interest in animation and read The Art of Animation by Bob Thomas. The book spoke about the animation history of Disney, and had detailed behind-the-scenes accounts of the 1959 movie "Sleeping Beauty.” These narratives encouraged Lasseter to take up animation in the future.

It was after watching "The Sword in Stone", that he fully made up his mind about his career. While pursuing higher studies at Pepperdine University, he heard of a new character animation program organized by the California Institute of Art s(CalArts) and left Pepperdine to follow his dream. At CalArts, Lasseter had Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston-veteran animators- as teachers. His classmates- Brad Bird, John Musker, Henry Slick among others- are a few of the finest animators today. During his stay at CalArts, Lasseter made two animated movies- "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare"- and went on to win the student Oscar for Animation of both. He also started working for Disney while still at CalArts.

His directorial debut was with Disney’s "Toy Story" (1995), the world’s first animated film with the running time of a feature, which won him a Special Achievement Academy Award, and a Best Original Screenplay Award. In the recent past, he was the executive producer of the movie " Frozen" (2013), which won two awards- Disney’s Animation Studio’s Academy Award, and an Oscar for Best Original Song. Next, Lasseter was appointed as the creative head of Disney Animation Studio.

After that he has been the executive producer of all its films- " Tangled"(2010), "The Princess and The Frog" (based on the famous fairytale) (2009), "Wreck it Ralph" (2012) and the very recent " Big Hero 6"(2014). Lasseter has also served with Pixar, having written, directed and animated almost all of its original films- "Luxo Jr,” “Red’s Dream,” (which stars Red, an unicycle), “Tin Toy" (which runs for 5 minutes and narrates the adventures of a toy as it attempts to escape the clutches of a destructive baby) and "Knick Knack.”

Among these, "Luxo Jr" (which features one large and one small desk lamp) received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film in the Academy Awards of 1986, while "Tin Toy" won in the same category in 1988. He executively produced "Monster, Inc." (2001), "Finding Nemo" (2003), "The Incredibles" (2004), "Ratatouille" (2007), "WALL-E" (2008), " Up" (2009), " Brave" (2012), " Inside Out" (2015). Lasseter has won plenty of awards. In 2009, he, along with the directors of Pixar received the honorable Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the 66th International Film Awards, organized in Venice. In 2010, he received the Producer’s Guild of America’s David O’Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.

His other accomplishments include- Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award (Art Director’s Guild) in 2004, an honorary degree awarded to him by the American Film Institute, and the 2008 Winsor McKay (ASIFA- Hollywood) for the achievements he has made in his career, and his enormous contribution to the art of animation. Lasseter has also looked into Resort. He, as the principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering, has launched Cars Land, a 12-acre extension of Disney California Adventure Park. Currently, he is working on the direction of " Toy Story 4".

David Bowers English Actor

David Bowers

David Bowers was born in the year 1970 in the Cheshire County of England, United Kingdom. He is an alumnus of the West Surrey Art College, from where he got his majors degree in animation. He then went to the Farnham College to learn designing. He left Farnham after his first year to work as an animator under the famous animator Richard. He worked on his first animated movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Richardin 1988. This was an action-comedy film, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis. In 1988, he did his second show as an animator named the Count Duckula, a comedy-drama animated series on TV. This was a 22-minute show, which was aired on the ITV Network, Nickelodeon, Italia, YTV, and on many other major cartoon channels of different countries. David is most famously known for his work as an animator in the adventure comedy of the year 2006, Flushed Away. He was the co-director with Sam Fell for this animation. The film was about the life of a rich rat (Roddy), who gets flushed off in the toilet and ends up in London, where he tries to adapt to the new lifestyle. The movie had the voices of many stars like Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen. His second major hit was the movie Astro Boy of 2009.He was the animator as well as the director of this film. He is also credited for directing the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules in 2011. This movie was based on a satirical novel by Jeff Kinney (author and cartoonist). Other than directing and doing animation in movies, David has also lent his voice in three movies. These movies include The RRRF in New Recruit, in this film he gave the voice to the character of Mike, The Fridge; in the movie Astro Boy, he was the voice of the character Mike; and in Flushed Away, he gave the voice to the characters of the goldfish, Shockey, and the fly. In the year 2013, the news came out that David was all set to direct an animated movie for Universal Pictures and would be directing an adaptation of an American Children’s book, Clifford the Big Red Dog, authored by Norman Bridwell. Finally in 2016, he directed this movie and named it Clifford the Big Red Dog. David was one of the 105 artists invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the year 2008.

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John Stevenson

John Stevenson is an English puppeteer and animation filmmaker. Stevenson is best known for his directing the most successful animated movie all times, Kung Fu Panda. Stevenson has a lot of experience in the animation field. He is a veteran of DreamWorks PDI, and he started his entertainment industry known as The Muppet Show. Born in the year 1958, Stevenson started his career in the film industry as a story artist. He was a story artist for the movie Labyrinth, The Great Muppet Caper, Little Shop of Horrors and The Dark Crystal. After working as a story artist for a short period, Stevenson started working as a character designer. He designed characters for a lot of movies some of which include Count Duckula, The Twisted Tale of Felix the Cat, The Dreamstone, Back to the Future: The Animated Series. He also designed a character for two episodes of the series Fox Tales and FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue. After that, he shifted his career from being a story artist to an art director. He worked as an art director in the movie Back to the Future: The Animated Series and also worked as a puppeteer on the show, James, and the Giant Peach. He worked as a Motion Capture performer in the animated series The Moxy Pirate Show. After gaining some experience in The Great Britain, Stevenson moved to the United States in the year 1991. He had to struggle for work in the beginning but later in the year 1998, Stevenson was hired by the DreamWorks Animation as the head of the story. He worked on many successful projects. Some of his mentionable works are in the movie Shrek, Sinbad: Legends of the Seven Seas, Madagascar and Shrek 2. He also designed some character for the primetime animated series, Father of the Pride. He worked for four years with the DreamWorks Animation. After that, he directed his first movie named Kung Fu Panda. The movie was a huge success worldwide and broke many records all over the world. In 2009, Stevenson was even nominated for the Best Animated Feature for Kung Fu Panda at the Academy Awards. He even won the Annie Award for Kung Fu Panda. In the year 2011, Stevenson directed a short animated movie series for the Coca-Cola Company named The Polar Bears. The series was produced by Tony Scott and Ridley. Later in the year 2012, Stevenson started working for the Rocket Pictures as a director. He directed the sequel to the movie Gnomeo and Juliet and Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes. The second movie is yet to release in the year 2018. Stevenson is currently working on a project, directing the movie He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He is also working on projects like The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Rotten Island and Alien’s Rock. Another Version     John Stevenson is from England, United Kingdom. He is a British Animation Filmmaker and Puppeteer.  He has 30 years of work experience in the field of animation. Stevenson began his career through a Muppet show which was a ‘DreamWorks’ project, part of Pacific Data Image team. He used to sketch the outline of the story, for the feature films. Stevenson worked for feature films like, ‘The Great Muppet Caper’, ‘The Dark Crystal’, ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. The characters he created and story outline he sketched are, ‘Dream Stone’ which was running from the period of 1990 to 1995. ‘Count Duckula’ which was a dark animated fiction, was telecast from the period of 1988 to 1993. John Stevenson imagination have ruled the kids over a period. As his next step in his career, he joined hands with ‘Cartoon Network’ produced by Colossal Pictures for ‘The Moxy Pirate Show’ which was the happening period of Millennium (1993- 2000). Later then, he was hired for Art Department at ‘DreamWorks Animation’, the  United States in 1998.  He had been working there for many years giving pictures like, ‘Shrek’ (2001) which was animated fantasy film followed by ‘Shrek 2’ (2004). Then he worked on ‘Madagascar’ (2005) and ‘Sinbad: Legend of Seven Seas’ (2003), an animated adventure film.   ‘Kun Fu Panda’ for which the entire team worked for four years was released on 2008. Stevenson won the ‘Annie Award for Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production’. The entire crew took home ‘Annie Awards’, for what they had invested in four years. Stevenson directed a movie for Coca-Cola titled as ‘Polar bears’ which was running around seven and half minutes produced by Ridley and Tony Scott.  John Stevenson and Rocket Pictures were working together for animation movie, ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ (2012 ) and now they are planning to have a sequel of it titled as ‘ Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes,' which is slated to be released by 2018. In 2014, it was announced that he will be directing for Universal Pictures, an animated feature film scheduled for releasing on 2016.

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