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John Lasseter Not Likely to Return to Disney Animation in Any Capacity

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter took part today in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter took part today in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

On February 1, Walt Disney Animation Studios will hold a “Day of Listening,” with human-resource professionals on hand to discuss concerns in the workplace. The gathering which is unprecedented for the company comes as sources close with Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios speculates that the animation executive will not return at all from what Disney is calling a ‘six-month sabbatical.’ At the time, Lasseter acknowledged “painful” conversations and unspecified “missteps” in a memo to staff.

While Disney has not commented, an insider described this “Day of Listening” as part of an effort to engage with employees. One veteran, according to The Hollywood Reporter says he believes the “real reason behind this day of listening is to take the temperature of staff to see how likely it is that Lasseter can come back,” he says many in the animation community think Lasseter’s return is unlikely. “That’s a stretch to put somebody back in charge of animation at such a storied brand as Disney after the revelations of his behavior,” he says.

If Lasseter is out, that brings the new question of who will take his place. At Pixar, the name Pete Docter is thrown around a lot. Docter directed Monsters Inc., Up and Inside Out. Docter has for years been a member of the studio’s “brain trust” that guides Pixar projects.

Some believe that Docter will be paired up with Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton and possibly another co-head.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Brandon Hawkins

Brandon has been visiting the parks since he was two years old. He has visited Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris multiple times. With a passion for everything Disney, Brandon gives followers up to date news from around the Walt Disney Company adding personal stories along the way. Brandon previously hosted The Happiest Podcast on Earth for three successful seasons.

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