Pixar honored at Venice Film Festival

Remember that recent acquisition made by the Walt Disney Company, no not Spider Man, but Buzz Lightyear. Pixar has turned out pretty good for Disney and the rest of the world knows it. Now John Lasseter and the team from Emeryville has been honored at the Venice Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We really set out to deeply entertain an audience, not just children but adults as well,” Lasseter told reporters Sunday.

Lasseter said he was “tremendously honored” that the festival chose to give the award to the team of five Pixar directors, including Brad Bird (Ratatouille and The Incredibles), Pete Docter (Up and Monsters Inc.), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo and Wall-E), and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3). Lasseter directed the first two Toy Story movies and Cars.

“Filmmaking and animation is one of the most collaborative art forms there is in the world, and it is never more collaborative than it is at Pixar,” Lasseter said.

I guess they can all retire to their vineyards now. (Please don’t do that!)

(via the Orlando Sentinel)

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2 Responses to Pixar honored at Venice Film Festival

  1. Imagine says:

    Does something that went down in early 2006 still really count as recent?

  2. MarkTwain says:

    ^ In the history of a company that was founded in 1923? Yes, I would agree Pixar is a pretty recent acquisition.
    I remember all the naysayers that were criticizing Disney for the hefty sum they spent on Pixar – almost $8 billion. But only 2 1/2 years later, imagine how different the company would be without them! I think it’s safe to say that Pixar was one of Disney’s smartest purchases ever.

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