Pixar And Disney Animation Name New Bosses Following John Lasseter Scandal

John Lasseter joins the list of Hollywood executives taken down by their own inappropriate behavior as Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter take the creative helm.

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Disney recently announced the somewhat scandalous departure of creative giant John Lasseter from his position as Chief Creative Officer at Disney and Pixar. Initially, there was some ambiguity regarding whether Lasseter would return, or be replaced, and by whom. Now the veil has been lifted as Disney has officially named the two people who will take over Lasseter's positions at the company.

The new Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios will be Jennifer Lee, the Oscar-winning director and writer, famous for her work on Frozen. In discussing her vision moving forward at the company, Lee said, "My hope is to support the incredible talent we have, find new voices, and work together to tell original stories."

Over at Pixar, the new Chief Creative Officer will be Pete Docter, another director and writer who won Oscars for his work on Up and Inside Out. Docter made this statement about his new position, "I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet, and together we will keep pushing animation in new directions, using the latest technology to tell stories we hope will surprise and delight audiences around the world." Docter has been at Pixar for almost two decades; only slightly less time than Lasseter who had been at Pixar from the start.

John Lasseter, the creative powerhouse behind Toy Story, Cars, and Frozen, left Disney under controversial circumstances. Though Lasseter only officially cited "missteps" as the reason for his departure, it's pretty clear what the nature of those missteps were. According to the New York Times, it was reported that Lasseter had made some employees uncomfortable with excessive touching and unnecessary comments regarding physical appearances. At first, it seemed that Lasseter would only be taking a six-month sabbatical, but questions as to his return remained unanswered. Now it's clear that Lasseter's exit will indeed be a permanent one, in what appears to be another entertainment leader exposed and taken down for inappropriate conduct.

In the statement that announced the new positions for Lee and Docter, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said, "Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective." So it seems that people at Disney are optimistic about the transition from Lasseter onto some new creative executives. It will be interesting to see how the new leadership will effect the media giants they now head up.

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Disney ain't nothing but a bunch of fantasy land pussies. Everything in life there is hunky dory and nothing bad ever happens. This is why I watched Nickelodeon growing up. It was wacky, but at least it had balls.

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Meanwhile, Katy Perry kissed a guy against his will on live tv and still has her job on American Idol

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@doyoya: Yea, she's been a creeper with several contestants. I'm certain that if it was Lionel Ritchie instead of her, there would be much more hullabaloo.

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@lionheartssj1: hed already be in jail due to the actual video evidence. Apparently vidro evidence usnt enough for a female to face consequences but some random girls sudden accusation is enough to damn a male.

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Maybe if he kept his hands to himself he'd still have his job.

And to all the crybabies in the comment section here, things have changed. Hugging people against their will, tuching private parts, all of that, is just wrong. Why do it?

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@gargar: Touching private parts, obviously that's an issue. Hugging people against their will...I think this is when our society is getting a little weird. What's next to be considered inappropriate? Excessively long hand shakes?

To those saying "why aren't women being fired for their unwanted sexual advances?"
1. Statistically there are more men in power than woman.
2. Threshold for men in these situations are much higher, so men wouldn't report it as quickly.
3. For those men who feel the line was crossed and their female boss mistreated them....look how long it took for people to listen and react to women in these situations? Can you imagine how difficult it would be when roles reversed? If you were the HR manager would you really believe or respect me if I told you my female boss was making unwanted advances?

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@XT14: There has to be more going on here than Lasseter just being too touchy-feely. If it were just that, Disney's management would probably have just paid off whoever was complaining and forced Lasseter to undergo a sensitivity course or some such.

On another note, it's kinda funny how the people who feel men have a god-given right to be as touchy-feely with women as they please seem to be by and in large the same people who twenty years ago thought that Bill Clinton's consentual activities made him a disgusting pervert who deserved to be thrown out of office.

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@bigdavex: Let's hope that is the case (although hoping that someone was doing more than being too touchy-feely isn't my meaning). I mean that let's hope Disney acted appropriately. Remember this company is quick to sever ties with someone if there is even a hint of misconduct. Their brand is too important.

Yes, with regard to Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinski in her Ted talk pretty much came out and said it was consensual as well when she could have easily said the opposite. My point here is, it's hard to trust who is being authentic and who is just trying to cash in on the mob mentality. Hopefully these men that are abusing their power now are getting punished properly, but I am sure there have been some unnecessary casualties where someone said "Margaret, that's a nice spring dress" and got fired because of "unwanted advances" or something.

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@XT14: I'm sorry, did you just say it's ok to hug someone against his will?

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@gargar: I'm saying in most cases "hugging someone against their will" is just a hilarious phrase. I have received hugs multiple times that I didn't want but didn't say anything because they weren't malicious in nature. I can't imagine what these Americans going to Europe and being greeted with a kiss on the cheek would do. Lose their minds at unwanted kisses?

There is a very obvious difference between a regular hug and being a creeper.

EX1: If your boss wants to hug you everyday you come into the office, that's super weird and unprofessional.

EX2: If your boss hugs you and the hug persists for a long time and/or sniffs your hair and/or starts reaching below the waist...that's definitely crossing the line

EX3: If you completed a four year project and you popped open a bottle of champaign and everyone is hugging each other at an office party in celebration but "Janine" feels uncomfortable that everyone is hugging and files a complaint that her boss allowed this behavior....is this really an issue? I could see it somehow becoming one these days...

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First from my recollection was Steve Whitmire, the voice of Kermit the Frog, who got fired over speaking his mind on how Disney was moving away from Jim Henson's vision of the Muppets (and wouldn't you agree they were after the ABC flop "Muppets" that actually turned away from being family-friendly?), and now John Lasseter for some scandal that probably wasn't anything near that. It's almost like Disney is getting rid of those people that helped make Disney great just to try to fit into a society that is seriously in need of reconstructive surgery.

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Good to see that untalanted people like Jennifer Lee can get a free pass, thanks to mob mentality.

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John Lasseter hugs a few women and gets fired.

Jennifer Lee rewrites 'A Wrinkle in Time' into that cringeworthy trainwreck, loses Disney 300 million dollars and gets a promotion.

Makes sense.

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@djk9: you mean A Wrinkle in Oprah's Fat Ass?

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Another victim of SJWs. Basically he hugged some people at work but if its a women that is sexual harassment. Tell a women she looks nice that grounds for getting fired.

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@Paulf001: Yeah. Don't comment on the appearance of women you work with, same way you wouldn't comment on a man's appearance. Pretty simple stuff.

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@Firosen: I was told by two women and a man at work today that I looked 1. Nice, 2. Sharp, 3. Smart based on the suit I wore in. Should I be filing a complaint with HR? -_-

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@XT14: If it made you uncomfortable, then yeah.

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@Firosen: If you really think complimenting someone on their outfit in a non-sexual/threatening way is something any sane person should report to HR, our country is not headed in the right direction.

How is someone supposed to guess who is going to take offense by minor things like that or not? We may as well just do all work from home and never collaborate with anyone just in case mentioning how nice Jerry's shoes are while patting him on the shoulder may get you fired.

If nothing else, those joining the "Me too" movement without real issues are undermining people who have ACTUALLY experienced real issues such as rape or losing a job due to not putting up with their bosses sexual harassment. Those issues are awful and should be addressed. In the case of John Lasseter we may never really know if he deserved what he got, but hopefully justice was served and he wasn't in fact the real victim here

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"Scandal" is a bit heavy a term for what happened. Not trying to take sides, but it sounds more like a case of excessive awkwardness more than anything.

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You know, it's pretty sad that I almost feel the need to question what sort of "excessive touching" and "comments regarding physical appearances" he is guilty of when society is becoming so hyper-sensitive that it very well may have been him tapping co-workers on the shoulder to get their attention and complementing female co-workers on their appearance in completely non-sexual ways.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Any compliment about any body parts below the head is considered inappropriate. So we can compliment folks on their

Hair, facial hairs, eyebrows, eyelashes, eyes, ears, overall head shape. But you definitely can't talk about breasts or butt unless you're at intimate level.

That's the "Gentlemen's" CoC afterall! Act normally and none of this shall affect thee!

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@kaminobenimizu: Only insensitive remarks on the lower features. This is golden, Kami. ?✏️

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Seems like everyone in Hollywood is being taken down for sexual harassment lately.

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@DukeGallison: I don't remember hearing women being taken down. Either only high profile perverted men were in Hollywood, or perverted women are not targeted... yet.

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@kaminobenimizu: It'll become an issue as more women enter these high-profile positions as a result of these culture shifts. Power has a way of flooding bodies with testosterone, whether male or female, and sexual harassment will continue to be a problem. Only I have a feeling that, once it becomes a real problem for men, no one will be listening because of how nasty the backlash has been thus far to all the "me too" coverage.