Pixar co-founder John Lasseter was evidently kicked out of his studio after the rise of the Me Too movement last year, but it looks like he’s not out of the job yet. As it turns out, he’s been hired to helm Skydance Animation.
According to Deadline, Skydance CEO David Ellison had this to say about Lasseter working for Skydance:
“John is a singular creative and executive talent whose impact on the animation industry cannot be overstated… He was responsible for leading animation into the digital age while telling incomparable stories that continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the globe.”
Before you call out Skydance for picking up Lasseter though, the company has assured audiences that they are aware of the accusations against Lasseter, and are willing to give him a chance to redeem himself. The statement continues:
“… we did not enter into this decision lightly. John has acknowledged and apologized for his mistakes and, during the past year away from the workplace, has endeavored to address and reform them.”
When the accusations against Lasseter came out, a lot of Pixar employees have opened up to him being inappropriately close. Lasseter was then forced to take a six-month leave from the studio, but by then Disney had opted to have someone else steer the sheep.
On Pixar’s side of things though, some have expressed their relief for Lasseter being gone. It was even said that some employees threatened to quit if Lasseter ever came back.
With Lasseter being one of the biggest names in animation, his fall was certainly a huge shock to some fans. With Me Too ‘victims’ like Louie C.K. and Kevin Spacey attempting to get back to work, we’ll just have to wait and see if Lasseter will be able to redeem himself with Skydance Animation.