John Lasseter (b. 1957) is an animator and director, and former chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He was also principal creative adviser at Walt Disney Imagineering. Prior to the production of Pixar's first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, Lasseter produced and directed several shorts for Sesame Street featuring his lamp character, (and Pixar's mascot), Luxo Jr..
Though his earliest work was in cel animation (working on Mickey's Christmas Carol), Lasseter received a special achievement Academy Award for Toy Story (which he directed), and has also directed A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2. He also served as executive producer of many of Pixar's other films, as well as films from Walt Disney Animation Studios (and its division, DisneyToon Studios) from 2007 through 2018, including the Tinker Bell movies, Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Wreck-It Ralph.