John Lasseter will part ways with Disney at the end of 2018

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Former Pixar chief and, increasingly, Disney animation figurehead John Lasseter will officially be leaving the company in the wake of misconduct allegations against him.

Following the claims, Lasseter undertook a six-month sabbatical, returning to the company in the coming weeks in a new consulting role. This new role, however, will only remain in place until December 31st of this year, at which point Lasseter will officially part ways with the House of Mouse.

In a statement, Disney CEO Bob Iger said:

“John had a remarkable tenure at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks, and telling original, high quality stories that will last forever. We are profoundly grateful for his contributions, which included a masterful and remarkable turnaround of The Walt Disney Animation Studios. One of John’s greatest achievements is assembling a team of great storytellers and innovators with the vision and talent to set the standard in animation for generations to come.

Lasseter himself, meanwhile, offered:

“The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities. While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges. I am extremely proud of what two of the most important and prolific animation studios have achieved under my leadership and I’m grateful for all of the opportunities to follow my creative passion at Disney.”

Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens later this month.

Source: The Wrap

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