John Lasseter Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree from CalArts

CalArts Graduation 5-16-2014

The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) bestowed John Lasseter, animation director and chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, with an honorary doctorate degree. Lasseter received the CalArts’ 2014 honorary Doctor of Arts degree “in celebration of his originality, creativity and extraordinary contributions to the art of animation and contemporary filmmaking.” Lasseter received the honor from CalArts president Steven Lavine in a ceremony held on May 16, 2014.

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Hunting Easter Eggs with Lee Unkrich

Alec Presto

Pixar has a cool little video up on the new Disney Movies Anywhere app showcasing one of the neat things about their films that had thus far gone on without much official commentary from them. The famous “Easter-eggs” Pixar has hidden throughout their films are as much fan favorites as staying until the two post-credit scenes in a Marvel flick. From A113 to the Pizza Planet truck, (even in Brave!) some of us have been watching out for these “Easter-eggs” for a long time now.

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A Fascinating Day In Animation History: Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ (1995)


“A Story About Toys”

Eighteen years ago, the world of animation changed irrevocably. The self-starters at the little animation company that produced (awesome) Listerine and Life Savers commercials had more up their sleeves than just realistic 3D rendering for the likes of George Lucas. Pixar’s Toy Story came out November 22, 1995 and the film’s reception couldn’t have been better if Shakespeare and Walt Disney produced a film scored by Beethoven and The Beatles.

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