John Lasseter actually got the idea for the spy theme used extensively in the new Disney Interactive Studios and Avalanche Software Cars 2 video game back with the original film. He had to cut a scene at a drive-in featuring a car spy movie, but he kept that idea in the back of his head and incorporated it into the new movie. Then the game creatives took the concept of CHROME and designed an entire stand-alone video game around it.
Lasseter, a two-time Academy Award-winning director, oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He directed the groundbreaking and award-winning films Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. Additionally, his executive producing credits include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Bolt, and Up. Lasseter also served as executive producer for Disney’s Oscar-nominated The Princess and the Frog and Disney•Pixar’s Oscar-winningToy Story 3, which is based on a story by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich.
Lasseter has written, directed and animated a number of Pixar’s early short films, including Luxo Jr. (1986), Red’s Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988) and Knick Knack(1989). He has also been producer or executive producer on a number of shorts including Geri’s Game, For the Birds, One Man Band, Lifted, Presto, Partly Cloudy and Day & Night. Pixar’s Tin Toy became the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award® when it received the 1988 award for Best Animated Short Film. Pixar earned two more Academy Awards for Geri’s Game (1997) and For the Birds (2000).