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Former Pixar Director Lee Unkrich Shares Letter to Former Colleagues to Explain His Exit

Former Pixar director Lee Unkrich has shared a letter addressed to his former colleagues at the studio explaining his reasons for leaving after 25 years.

“It is impossible for me to adequately express how epic this twenty-five year journey has been, and how much it has meant to work alongside such fantastic people and phenomenal talents,” Unkrich wrote in the letter, which he shared on social media on Saturday. “Many of you are like family to me, and it’s nearly incomprehensible to imagine no longer being here at Pixar with you.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

Also Read: Lee Unkrich, Director of 'Coco' and 'Toy Story 3,' to Leave Pixar
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Pixar Director Lee Unkrich Leaves the Studio After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich has been with Pixar Animation Studios since their very first film, Toy Story. He has directed films such as Toy Story 3 and Coco, and after 25 years he has decided to leave the studio.

Unkrich informed Pixar staff of his decision today and in a statement said:

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered.”

He also confirmed the news on Twitter, saying:

After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar.

The time has come for new adventures. pic.twitter.com/0KZyHXhs8L

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 18, 2019

Pete Docter, who is currently chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios after John Lasseter officially departed, offered a statement on Unkrich’s exit, saying:

“Lee arrived at Pixar as we were crafting Toy Story, and he’s
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‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years

‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, who won Academy Awards for “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is departing Pixar Animation Studios after 25 years to spend more time with his family.

Unkrich joined Pixar in 1994 after working as an assistant editor in television on “Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade.” He served as editor on Pixar’s first feature, 1995’s “Toy Story,” then co-directed “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” He was the sole director on 2010’s “Toy Story 3” and shared an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

Unkrich informed Pixar employees on Friday of his decision. “I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” he said.

Lasseter, Pixar’s co-founder, departed the company in late 2017 amid accusations of sexual harrassment and was hired earlier this month at Skydance Animation.
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Lee Unkrich, Director of ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3,’ to Leave Pixar After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich, Director of ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3,’ to Leave Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, a two-time Oscar winner and director for Pixar, is leaving the animation studio after 25 years, he announced on Twitter Friday.

“After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar,” the director tweeted. “The time has come for new adventures.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

Also Read: Oscar Short Film Finalists Include Pixar's 'Bao'

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” Unkrich said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

Pixar’s Pete Docter, who directed “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up” and “Inside Out,” praised his colleague upon notice of his departure.

“Lee
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‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years

‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3 and Coco, and worked on Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and more, is parting ways with Pixar after 25 years. Unkrich has been with the studio since they started working on their first feature film, Toy Story. His departure surely signifies a major shift behind-the-scenes at Pixar. More on Lee Unkrich leaving Pixar below. […]

The post ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years appeared first on /Film.
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Lee Unkrich Parting Ways With Pixar After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich Parting Ways With Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, one of the centerpiece creatives at the heart of Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios since its first movie Toy Story, said Friday he is leaving the company after 25 years. The director won two Oscars during his run, for helming Coco (last year) and 2010’s Toy Story 3. He also co-directed Pixar smashes Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc and Finding Nemo.

Unkrich informed Pixar staff of his decision today we hear and confirmed the news on Twitter.

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” he said in a statement.

After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar.

The time has come for new adventures. pic.twitter.com/0KZyHXhs8L

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 18, 2019

Pete Docter, who was named chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios
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‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich Is Leaving Pixar

A Pixar veteran is leaving the animation powerhouse. Lee Unkrich, who first arrived at Pixar Animation Studios as they were making what would turn out to be a game-changing film called Toy Story, informed employees at Pixar on Friday that he would be leaving the studio after 25 years. Per THR, here’s what Unkrich had to say about his decision: "I'm not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered.” The 51-year-old filmmaker served as …
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'Toy Story 3,' 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years (Exclusive)

'Toy Story 3,' 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years (Exclusive)
Lee Unkrich, the Oscar-winning director behind Toy Story 3 and Coco, is leaving Pixar Animation Studios.

The move marks the end of an era as Unkrich has been at the Emeryville, California-based studio for 25 years, joining the company when it was making its inaugural feature, Toy Story, on which he served as an editor. He then went on to co-direct some of the company's early outings, which are now considered classics — Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo — before taking the reins solo with the billion-dollar-grossing Toy Story 3.

On Friday, the filmmaker informed Pixar employees of his decision. "I'm ...
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Fandango Selling ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Tix to Early Screenings 20 Days Before Wide Release

  • Variety
Fandango is exclusively vending tickets to “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” early-access screenings taking place nearly three weeks before the DreamWorks Animation movie hits wide theatrical release.

The “How to Train Your Dragon 3” pact is all in the family: NBCUniversal owns both Fandango and Dwa (which is housed within Universal Pictures). Fandango is looking to sweeten the pot by offering an additional perk to members of its Fandango VIP rewards program: a free DreamWorks Animation movie through the FandangoNow streaming service.

The Feb. 2 screenings, 20 days in advance of the Feb. 22 premiere date for the third and final installment in the “How to Train Your Dragon” movie franchise, is one of the earliest advance nationwide screening events for a major release.

“This is a coming together of things we’ve seen that work,” said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango. “It’s providing something special to people who are big users of Fandango.
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See Dean Blunt Endure Amusement Park in Panda Bear’s ‘Token’ Video

See Dean Blunt Endure Amusement Park in Panda Bear’s ‘Token’ Video
U.K. artist Dean Blunt endures the sensory explosion that is an amusement park in the new video for Panda Bear’s “Token,” the latest single off his upcoming album Buoys.

As the video’s preface explains, Blunt, as the director of the “Token” video, originally planned to make something Toy Story-inspired for the video, then something related to “cowboys and cowgrrrls,” then a video about a “token,” and so on until “he lost his fucking mind. Literally, he can’t remember his own songs anymore.”

In an effort to cheer Blunt up,
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Alyssa Milano Calls for Accountability, Rehabilitation ‘Protocol’ Amid John Lasseter Backlash

Alyssa Milano Calls for Accountability, Rehabilitation ‘Protocol’ Amid John Lasseter Backlash
Alyssa Milano says Hollywood should hold abusers accountable while also allowing for the possibility of rehabilitation, after former Pixar head John Lasseter scored a lucrative new Hollywood job at Skydance Animation, leading to a backlash within the industry.

Lasseter, once the most powerful name in animation, was ousted by Disney in November 2017 after multiple complaints about unwanted touching in the workplace.

“We have to start figuring out how to hold people accountable and shape what that looks like within the industry and then allow them to prove that they are rehabilitated,” the actress and #MeToo activist told TheWrap in an exclusive interview. “We cannot strip people of their livelihoods.”

Also Read: John Lasseter Named Head of Skydance Animation After Disney Exit Over Misconduct Accusations

“As long as companies are going into this with ironclad contracts that don’t allow for any misconduct, people should be given an opportunity to prove
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John Lasseter Lands at Animation Studio After Leaving Pixar Amid Reports of Sexual Harassment

John Lasseter Lands at Animation Studio After Leaving Pixar Amid Reports of Sexual Harassment
John Lasseter, who left his spot as head of Pixar and Disney Animations in Nov. 2017 amid accusations of sexual harassment, will now lead Skydance Animation.

The move was announced by CEO David Ellison and comes just over a year after Lasseter, 61, announced his leave of absence to Pixar staff in a shocking memo that apologized for inappropriate behavior.

“I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form,” he wrote in the memo obtained by People.
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Skydance CEO David Ellison Explains Why John Lasseter Is Being Hired Following Sexual Harassment Claims

Skydance CEO David Ellison Explains Why John Lasseter Is Being Hired Following Sexual Harassment Claims
John Lasseter is returning to the industry as the head of Skydance Animation. Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed the news to staffers via a memo (via Deadline). The announcement follows news from last fall that Disney was parting ways with Lasseter after he was accused of sexual harassment and admitted to making “missteps.” Disney originally put Lasseter on a six-month leave of absence after the allegations were made.

As reported by Variety, Lasseter will begin working with Skydance Animation by the end of January. The animation head reportedly was trying to mount a comeback for sometime in the industry, meeting with Warner Bros. and other studios about potential roles. Lasseter was the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar when the company severed ties with him. During his time at Pixar, Lasseter famously directed “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Cars,” while producing all of their efforts.
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John Lasseter named head of Skydance Animation amid social media backlash

John Lasseter named head of Skydance Animation amid social media backlash
News on Wednesday that John Lasseter has been hired to run Skydance Animation after leaving Disney amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour has sparked a social media backlash and dismay from advocacy groups Time’s Up and Women And Hollywood.

Lasseter, whose personal directing credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Cars and Cars 2, officially parted ways with Disney on December 31 2018 following a six-month break after complaints surfaced in late 2017 about his behaviour towards women in the workplace.

Wednesday’s development marks a stunning change in fortune for
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Former Pixar Boss John Lasseter Will Run Skydance Animation

Former Pixar head John Lasseter has been hired to run Skydance Animation. This move comes as quite the shock, as Lasseter had left Disney in late 2017 amidst a wide-ranging harassment scandal. This is something that Skydance CEO David Ellison is well aware of and, despite that, he feels Lasseter is the right man for the job.

John Lasseter will be working out of Los Angeles and will be reporting directly to David Ellison. Lasseter will be starting his position later this month. He takes over for Bill Damaschke, who Ellison hopes will remain with Skydance as he transitions out of his current role. Here's what Ellison had to say about it in a statement.

"John is a singular creative and executive talent whose impact on the animation industry cannot be overstated. He was responsible for leading animation into the digital age, while telling incomparable stories that continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the globe.
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Ousted Pixar Chief John Lasseter Hired by Skydance Animation

  • Variety
Former Pixar chief John Lasseter has been named head of Skydance Animation.

The hire comes after Lasseter has been trying, and largely failing, to drum up interest from studios in recent months, having met with Warner Bros. and other players. Many major studios and technology companies were wary of partnering with Lasseter because he was ousted from Pixar in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.

Lasseter will be based in Los Angeles and will start his job later in January. Variety contacted Skydance about a possible deal for Lasseter in December when word had begun to leak that the animation guru was trying to find a new home, but the company was initially evasive and ultimately unresponsive.

If Lasseter is successful at Skydance, he will be one of the first industry figures to mount a career come back in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era. Some publicly traded
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John Lasseter Named Head of Skydance Animation After Disney Exit Over Misconduct Accusations

  • The Wrap
Former Pixar Cco John Lasseter has been named Head of Skydance Animation after his exit from Disney following misconduct accusations.

He will report directly to Skydance CEO David Ellison and will start later this month. Skydance is just getting into animation, and gambled that the Oscar winner’s immense talent was worth the potential fallout of hiring a man who lost his Disney role over accusations of inappropriate workplace behavior.

“John is a singular creative and executive talent whose impact on the animation industry cannot be overstated,” Ellison said in a statement. “He was responsible for leading animation into the digital age, while telling incomparable stories that continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the globe.”

Also Read: End of an Era: Inside Pixar on the Eve of John Lasseter's Departure

Ellison added: “And yet we did not enter into this decision lightly. John has acknowledged and apologized for his mistakes and,
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John Lasseter Hired To Run Skydance Animation; David Ellison Explains Move

  • Deadline
Pixar co-founder and former Disney animation guru John Lasseter has been hired to run Skydance Animation. Skydance CEO David Ellison made the announcement via memo (read it in full below) about the move, which comes after Disney decided to part ways with the award-winning animation exec last year after putting him on a six-month leave of absence amid accusations of repeated misconduct and his admission of “missteps.”

The move puts back into circulation one of the animation industry’s most successful creative executives of all time. His films under the Pixar banner and at Walt Disney Animation — his title when he left at year’s end was Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering — began with 1995’s Toy Story (which he directed). He later directed A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), and he executive produced all
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Animated Film

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Animated Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” wrestled Best Animated Feature Film honors from Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” Sunday night at the 76th annual Golden Globes. It’s only the third time that a non Pixar/Disney movie has triumphed, joining Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

The other three Golden Globe nominees were Wes Anderson’s stop-motion, Japanese-inspired “Isle of Dogs,” Mamoru Hosoda’s lovely Japanese time-traveling fantasy, “Mirai” (from GKids), and Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston).

This also marks only the second time Pixar has failed to win a Golden Globe (last occurring with “Cars 2” in 2011). Overall, Pixar has earned a Golden Globe-leading eight prizes.

By contrast, this marks the first Golden Globe for Sony Pictures Animation and “Spider-Verse” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They were first nominated in 2009 for directing Sony
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Toy Story gets a Pop! Vinyl makeover from Funko

With Toy Story 4 incoming this year, Funko has unveiled a new line of merchandise for Disney-Pixar’s beloved animated movie series which includes a Pop! Rides Woody and Rc, Pop! Vinyl figures for Buzz in his Mrs. Nesbitt Costume, Bo Peep, Slinky, Bullseye, and Wheezy, and a range of Pop! Keychains; check them out here…

See Also: Leaked promo art for Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2

Woody and Rc, Andy’s beloved remote control car, are on patrol as Pop! Rides pals.

Rounding out the cast of beloved toys, Wheezy, Slinky Dog,

Buzz (dressed as Mrs. Nesbit from the 1st film), Bullseye

and Bo-Peep are looking for adventures of their own! A flocked Bullseye is available as a Funko Web exclusive.

Bling out your keychain with the greatest pals any kid — or adult could ask for. Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Alien are ready to go on an adventure as Pop!
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