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Suits are out. Hawaiian shirts are in with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull in charge at Disney. Can David reprogram the soul of Goliath?
By Robert La Franco
Full story at : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1002651181
On his first visit to the Walt Disney Co.'s Burbank headquarters as its chief creative officer, John Lasseter marched straight to the animation building bearing an uncompromising message. "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building," he said, leveling his comments at the handful of creative executives who had been running Disney's animation division.
Within seconds, the "Happiest Place on Earth" began to live up to its name again. Disney had acquired Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion less than a week earlier, and the tiny digital animation house was wasting no time in taking over. Lasseter was given control of creative output, and Pixar president Ed Catmull took the same position at Disney. The message was clear: There were new sheriffs in town, and they were looking to play.
A triumphant buzz spread immediately throughout the animation industry. "This is like seeing the Orcs being driven out of Middle-Earth -- I am overjoyed," was the word on one Internet message board from Will Finn, a former Disney animator who most recently directed the 2004 boxoffice dud "Home on the Range." A posting on Cartoonbrew.com showed an ecstatic Thumper kicking up his feet in uncontainable joy next to the headline, "And There Was Much Rejoicing."