THE MOVIE THAT INSPIRED ME
Often imitated but never duplicated, The Movie That Inspired Me is an occasional series in which leading directors, actors, writers and other filmmakers present films that have influenced their life and art. The Archive’s Honorary Chairman and series curator Curtis Hanson hosts.
Tonight’s guest is John Lasseter, the Academy Award-winning director of Toy Story (1995) and Cars (2006). A pioneer in computer animation, Lasseter is now the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation. Under his supervision as Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Studios, Finding Nemo (2003) won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and became the highest grossing animated feature of all time. Additionally, Lasseter has written and directed a number of highly regarded short films including Tin Toy (1988), which became the first computer animated film to win an Oscar.
Lasseter has selected Dumbo (1941) and a special program of animated shorts for the evening.
Monday April 21 2008, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )
(1941) Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Befriended by a mouse with a flare for showmanship after being separated from his mother, Dumbo the Elephant, with his outsized ears, overcomes the barbs of a callous world and learns to soar. Walt Disney’s fourth animated feature, this timeless classic finds the studio’s artists working at the height of their powers. Though dated in parts, it continues to delight audiences young and old.
Preceded by: A Lasseter selection of animated shorts.
In person: John Lasseter, Curtis Hanson
Disney. Screenwriter: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer. Cast: Ed Brophy, Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards. 35mm, 64 min.
The event was great. We were treated to three warner bros shorts and the entirety of Dumbo. I ‘ve loved that movie since i was a kid. I think I almost fried the VHS that it was on because I viewed it so often. Lasseter was very motivational. In a nutshell, a very determined, knowledgeable, ” out of the box” thinker. The way he speaks of animation shows his true passion for the art and you can’t help but be inspired as well. I particularly liked his little inside notes on his experiences at Cal Arts, early Disney days, the nine old men, and being in the ” war room” concocting stories for films.