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Pixar Founder to Retire – WSJ

LOS ANGELES – Ed Catmull, founder of Pixar Animation Studios and a leading architect of WaltDisneyCo.recent success in family animation,…

LOS ANGELES – Ed Catmull, founder of Pixar Animation Studios and a leading architect of Walt


recent success in family animation, leaving the company by the end of this year, the company said.

As president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, Mr. Catmull, 73 years old, is responsible for leading the studios behind some of the most loved animation titles in recent years, including “Toy Story”, “Frozen”, “Inside Out “and” Up. ” “

But not known by daily fans, Mr. Catmull has had a hand in transforming Disney’s hugely successful animation studio and overseeing franchises like” The Incredibles “and” Finding Nemo. ” “Such films are the core element of Disney’s entertainment industry, which allows the company to release a movie and then change its characters to income generators through toys, follow-ups and theme park attractions.

Mr. Catmull joined Lucasfilm Ltd. 1

979, which featured led the “Star Wars” company’s computer department after several years of biotechnology. In 1986, Pixar founded Apple with founder Steve Jobs and animation guru John Lasseter.

Disney acquired Pixar for $ 4 billion in 2006, after which Catmull became president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. Mr. Lasseter became the premier Creative Animation Manager at Disney. He took on a more general role than Mr. Catmull, and was known for playing upcoming movies on movie conferences.

Mr. Lasseter left Disney earlier In years after accusations he hugged or touched the children in unwelcome ways. Soon after the accusations arose did he apologize to someone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture?

Mr. Catmull went into the limelight, but with the 2014 edition of the book “Creativity, Inc.”, a guide to the creative process that became popular with companies and creative executives.

After Mr. Catmull’s Retirement, Present Pixar President Jim Morris and Disney Animation Studios President Andrew Millstein continues in his roles, reports to Disney’s President Alan Bergman. Mr Catmull will continue as an adviser to Disney by July 2019.

Write to Erich Schwartzel at [email protected]

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