LOS ANGELES – ANIMATION pioneer and Toy Story creator John Lasseter is getting a career honour from the Producers Guild of America.
Lasseter is receiving the David O Selznick Achievement Award at the guild’s awards show Jan 24.
He’s the first producer of animated films to receive the award.
Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Stanley Kramer and Billy Wilder.
The Producers Guild says Lasseter’s work with Pixar Animation and parent company Disney has raised the bar for animated and live-action filmmakers alike.
Lasseter directed 1995′s Toy Story, the first feature-length computer-animated movie, and Toy Story 2, along with A Bug’s Life and Cars. He oversees animation at both Pixar and Disney. — AP