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Telegraph Profiles John Lasseter: "I Got Rid of Idiot Executives"

by on January 29, 2009

The Telegraph spoke with Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter, who was in London earlier this month to promote Bolt in advance of its opening in the United Kingdom. Lasseter speaks freely of his aim to make Disney Animation “a filmmaker’s studio” again, saying, “I got rid of idiot executives” who valued making money over making quality films and abandoned hand-drawn animation that they deemed outdated. Lasseter also had some harsh words for the many straight-to-DVD titles which “sucked,” adding that, “I’m against making really bad sequels to movies that Walt Disney made at the height of his talent – which we were doing.”

As for Bolt, Lasseter insisted that the movie was a production of Walt Disney Animation Studios, not Pixar, and states that the 3-D version is “the best 3D film to date. Its 3D gives it a roundness. It envelops you.”

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