John Lasseter is an American animator who has been extremely instrumental in the success of animated movies and short films by SkyDance Animation, Pixar, and Disney.
Lassater is widely known for his work on the film Toy Story (1995), recognized as the first fully computer-animated feature, which also earned him his second Academy Award. Lasseter has been part of every film by Walt Disney Animation Studios made from 2006 to 2018. Lassater has worked with countless big-name producers and animators like Hayao Miyazaki, with whom he executively produced several films for their U.S. releases. Here are the top five animated movies by the legendary animator John Lasseter.
1. Toy Story
John Lasseter won an Academy Award for Special Achievement for the movie Toy Story. The movie centers on a toy named Woody who happens to be Andy’s favorite toy until his position is challenged by Buzz Lightyear, a toy who believes he’s an actual astronaut.
The film is about a kid named Andy moving to a new house. When that happens, Buzz falls out the window, and all the other toys accuse Woody of the incident. The movie shows the secret life of toys when there’s no one around. The voiceover work is done by famous actors such as Tom Hanks and Woody Allen.
2. Big Hero 6
Another family movie by John Lasseter, Big Hero 6, presents the life of Hiro Hamada. He lives in San Fransokyo and seems to keep himself from using his intellect for anything more than bot fights.
His older brother Tadashi wants to change his mind and asks him to attend an event organized by the Institute of Technology, where Tadashi studies. However, an unfortunate event occurs: A fire breaks out, and Hiro loses Tadashi to the fire.
After Tadashi’s funeral, Hiro distances himself from his friends and his brother’s inflatable robot nurse “Baymax,” who appears when he mistakenly hurts himself. The movie follows Hiro and Baymax teaming up with the rest of Tadashi’s friends from the institute to save San Fransokyo from an evil supervillain who wants to take over the city with the help of Hiro’s robotic invention.
3. Monsters University
Monsters University is the story of two monsters, Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sully” Sulivan, who have nothing in common and resent each other from the moment they meet.
Ever since Mike visited university when he was young, his sole purpose has been to become a scary monster. That purpose is challenged when both of them are expelled from their classes.
Now teaming up with four losers, winning the Scare games is their only chance to re-enter the Scare Program. The movie is a trip back in time for Monsters. Inc. (2001) fans. The movie was nominated for a BAFTA Awards for Animated Film.
4. Wreck-It, Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph is a computer-animated film that presents the character of Ralph, a “bad guy” in an arcade game called Wreck-It Ralph, who longs to be loved as a “good guy” by his fellow video game characters.
After 30 long years of being hated as a supervillain, he comes up with a simple plan to cross the whole arcade network of video games and win a medal, so he can bring it back to his own game and prove that he’s a good guy.
The film is about Ralph’s escape from his game and how he tries to come back in time before the players notice that there is something wrong with the game, and it’s ‘Game Over’ for the entire arcade.
Set in the beautiful landscape of Scotland, John Lasseter takes the audience through a mystical world of exciting characters. The film features an impetuous Princess Merida, who is set to take her path in life without following the traditions set by her Kingdom. Frustrated by her life, Merida is forced to seek help from a witch, who grants her wish, but at a terrible price. Merida must undo what has happened, and through this journey, she develops a stronger bond with her mother.