Pixar founder John Lasseter accepts Steve Jobs’ Disney Legends Award in emotional speech (with video)

“Pixar founder John Lasseter accepted Steve Jobs’ Disney Legends Award yesterday at the D23 Expo, an annual Disney event held for fans,” Husain Sumra reports for MacRumors.

“In a video from YouTube channel WDWINFO, Lasseter can be seen emotionally talking about how Jobs had become like a brother to him after he lost his own brother to AIDS, going on to share several stories about Jobs’ involvement with the animation company over the years,” Sumra reports. “In the speech, Lasseter recounted the early days of Pixar in 1984 when it was a technology company, noting that Jobs had liked what Pixar was doing and had tried to convince the Apple board to purchase the company. However, Jobs was soon fired from Apple and any potential purchasing intention or thoughts were dropped.”

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    1. Agree; but couple of corrections:

      1. Lasseter was not the founder; the founders were Steven Jobs, Edward Catmull, and Alvy Ray Smith;

      2. Back in 1984 there was no “company”; there was a department of George Lucas’ firm that he has tried to sell for years — with the limit date when he would simply dissolve it, if buyers are not found.

      1. Pirates of Silicon Valley; was that anymore accurate?
        What matters most, is Steve Jobs return to Apple, iMac, iPod, iPhone & iPad — and how a man transformed those old rumours of a arrogant slave driving bastard (which I am sure he never wasn’t – just misunderstood) and bettered his life and others around him… even ours with the products products at Apple.

        Regarding the award. Yes, good movies are timeless. Computers become obsolete in a few years. Yet, Steve will remain in history just the same.

        1. My best friend worked at Microsoft in its early days, but before that was at Reed College and met Steve when he visited after starting Apple. He says Steve was so arrogant and condescending as he donated Apple computers to Reed that it was off the charts. It was like he was a god giving them tools that only he could provide. But he was also obviously brilliant.

          Steve’s reputation as arrogant is well grounded in fact, from early days before Apple was a success to when it helped get him fired, but so is his remarkable transformation as a more thoughtful team leader during his years away from Apple.

          1. Well noted, and also I have read those similar comments in his biography. Good points thank you.
            Again, arrogance as a young man is still easily misunderstood – consider your words – donation… computer equipment being donated – but with such condescending arrogance – one persons view point of the occurrence – a friend of yours. The reality there is that you trust your friends opinion. I would too. Yet I trust my own opinion more. Donated… says a lot for me.

        1. Wozniak had always loves the computer hobbists back in the day – he already understood fully the potential of personal computing – Ask Woz for yourself.

          The movie comes across as a heightened dramatic comical farce – entertainment not a documentary – there isn’t anything wrong with; it so long as you understand.

        2. From everything I’ve read it was Jobs who did not grasp the vision thing at first. According to Woz jobs saw an opportunity to sell a product to homebrew users. The vision talk from jobs came later.

          1. Well put… so in the recent movie, is Jobs seen as the “visionary to potentially sell lots” or to “provide the world with amazing easy to use computers”? — I believe the scene is incorrect by which Steve is preaching the potential of personal computing to better the users experience and the world — the truth is more likely – Steve saw dollars signs.

          2. @ Really — i agree with your post.

            My point was – Woz needed no explaining.
            Woz was persuaded (Steves showman ship – sales pitch)
            to earn big money by Jobs. That was the only potential needed to explain to Woz.

  1. In hearing John Lasseter recount some of his experiences with SJ, something became very apparent to me. And that is that SJ cared deeply about humanity not only on a personal level like when John lost his brother but also on a universal level. He wanted to create things that moved us, that changed our lives, and that woke us from our slumbers. He did that over and over again. When I saw Toy Story, not only was I bowled over by the technology but I was touched by the humanity in the story. When I bought my first iPhone in 2007, not only was I bowled over by the technology, but I was mostly bowled over by its simplicity, its ability to allow me to interact with technology without the layers and layers of technical distortion and interference rampant in the consumer electronics and technology sector. Thank you Steve for giving a damn about us, the end users, your fellow human beings. No thanks to you, Eric Schmidt, Andy Rubin, Larry Page, and Sergei Brin for viewing humanity as algorithms and advertising targets.

    1. Billy – how you describe that is a great picture of how Steve was beyond beyond the cliché about competition. SJ didn’t need competition to produce excellence. That is what he was all about and what he wanted to produce – and he’d have done so, whether he had competition or not.

    2. Words of magic and beauty – thx BillyJackBlack

      “No thanks to you, Eric Schmidt, Andy Rubin, Larry Page, and Sergei Brin for viewing humanity as algorithms and advertising targets”

      The birth of Apple computers from the days in his familys garage – also have traces of a Steves’ inner truth – computing made easier – he has ben greatly misunderstood — I believe he always wanted a Simpler Humane Level of Technology.

  2. According to John Lasseter, Steve Jobs said, “I think the world is a better place with Apple in it.” That’s why he returned to Apple in 1997 after great success with Pixar—executive producer of Toy Story, no less.

    Others have left a brilliant career behind for a foolhardy venture into the great unknown, armed only with their principles and a diamond-cut vision—and they too are immortal.

  3. Hats off to the Pixar crew. Let’s hope they can resist the encroachment of Disneyfication. Something as extraordinary as Pixar can’t last forever, but here’s to a long and creative life. Let’s have more great movies like “Up” and “The Incredibles” and a lot less of “Cars” and “Planes”.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. I fear that the Disney Machine is interested more in capitalizing on a previous idea by knocking out sequels and marketing figurines than developing the truly creative and touching features that Pixar its known for.

      Lassiter and the gang are not interested in sequels, just like Steve was not interested in holding onto a room full of previous Mac models. They look forward.

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