John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar, is officially stepping down from his post, from both Disney and Pixar, at the end of 2018. The director of animated movies such as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, took a leave of absence last year due to alleged sexual misconduct cases posed against him.
However, Lasseter will continue to play a consulting role at Disney until the end of 2018. He released a statement in which he said that he got the opportunity to think about his life, career as well as personal injuries during his six-month leave of absence and the end of 2018 will be the right time for him to start focussing on new challenges in the creative end.
Even though Disney has not yet revealed who will be replacing Lasseter’s post at Pixar or Disney, but it is said that Pete Doctor, the director of the Pixar movie’s Up, Monster’s Inc. and Inside Out is expected to take added responsibilities at the studio while Jennifer Lee, the co-director of the movie Frozen will take added responsibilities at Disney.
Bob Iger, Disney CEO responded to Lasseter’s departure by crediting his work for evolving Pixar from a computer company to animation studio and having an incredible tenure for both, Pixar and Disney.
Iger wrote in the statement, “We are profoundly grateful for his contributions, which included a masterful and remarkable turnaround of The Walt Disney Animation Studios. One of John’s greatest achievements is assembling a team of great storytellers and innovators with the vision and talent to set the standard in animation for generations to come.”
Well, it the end of Lasseter’s era in both the studios but his contributions in both financial and creative spheres to both Pixar and Disney will always be remembered.