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John Lasseter Leads Skydance Animation to New Heights

The relatively new Skydance Animation has already attracted big names and projects in the animation industry. Skydance Animation is a division of Skydance Productions, which itself is a relative newcomer. Founded by David Ellison in 2006, it made headlines with its first solo film True Grit, which was both a financial success and critical darling.

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The Los Angeles-based Skydance Animations was formed in 2017 in a collaboration with Ilion Animation Studios, which Skydance later acquired. In 2019, the animation studios brought on John Lasseter of Disney/Pixar fame. Lasseter is known for both his creative talent and skills as an executive and leader. As a child, he was passionate about drawing and animation.

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He was an animator in animated films such as The Black Cauldron and The Fox and the Hound. In 1995, he experimented with 3D animation with his directorial debut in the now legendary Toy Story. Lasseter has since directed and produced a plethora of lauded Disney/Pixar films such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Wall-E.


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John Lasseter was enthusiastic about his ability to bring Skydance Animations to new heights. He already has attracted other heavy hitters in the animation space. The animated film Luck, which features a girl who seeks to turn her bad luck around in the Land of Luck, has a star-studded cast. The animated musical Spellbound, about a girl who needs to unite her magically divided kingdom, will be scored by the legendary Alan Menken. Lasseter is also working with Rich Moore and Brad Bird, who he previously worked with on Ratatouille and The Incredibles, on their passion project, Ray Gunn. Go Here for related Information.