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  • John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

    As my girlfriend and I arrived at DL this Saturday around 12:30 we walked through the tunnel and John Lasseter and his family walked right by me! Unfortunately I was way too stunned (I know I'm a nerd) to get a picture but it was most definitely him. Hopefully they were walking over to DCA to come up with even more ideas for the rebuild! Aside from that, we saw the afternoon Christmas parade which already looked sharp this early in the season. Santa even spotted my girlfriend's Happy Birthday pin and wished her a Happy Birthday! Some people were in front of the tree filming a TV spot as the parade started. I couldn't tell who they were with but their microphone said "MORE" on it, whatever that is. The castle looked great although the stage set up for Sunday's taping of the Christmas show blocked the view somewhat. Overall, great weather and moderately decent crowds made for a nice day at the park.
    I'm literally a born Disney fan! I was born at Providence St. Joseph Med Center right across the street from Disney Studios in Burbank. The same hospital where Walt died.


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    Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

    John Lasseter was spotted in DCA and Disneyland on Friday too, so he must be spending the weekend in Anaheim. He sure likes Disneyland!

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      That is weird because around monday last weekend he was at Walt Disney World with his family.

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        Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

        Well it's more important he is at Disneyland and DCA.

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          Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

          I'm just pleased to see someone in the Disney brass stepping foot in the parks without a press event to force them.

          Lasseter gets it.

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            Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

            Originally posted by TP2000 View Post
            John Lasseter was spotted in DCA and Disneyland on Friday too, so he must be spending the weekend in Anaheim. He sure likes Disneyland!
            Are you kidding? The man has Disney coursing through half his veins. He's a total Disney goob, let alone a Disneyland one. I don't think it is a coincidence that DLR is getting most of his attention when it comes to the parks.


            As for him and his family there, I believe he was there primarily for the Snow White anniversary art gallery showing and screening. There have been a few news reports with him being interviewed and viewing the artwork.

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              Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

              Originally posted by Morrigoon View Post
              I'm just pleased to see someone in the Disney brass stepping foot in the parks without a press event to force them.
              Originally posted by tcsnwhite View Post
              As for him and his family there, I believe he was there primarily for the Snow White anniversary art gallery showing and screening. There have been a few news reports with him being interviewed and viewing the artwork.
              Heh.


              Lasseter was (probably) at Disneyland to find a way to cram a Ratatouille ride in New Orleans Square in order to further his company's position of dominance over Disney but yeah, he has Disneyland's best interests in mind when trampling all over Tomorrowland's theme with Buzz and Nemo. CARSLAND

              This guy is no Disney savior.

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                Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                All, that is sweet that John Lasseter went to Disneyland on my birthday. So, happy they he enjoyed Disneyland on my special day.
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                  Originally posted by Pressler69 View Post
                  Heh.


                  Lasseter was (probably) at Disneyland to find a way to cram a Ratatouille ride in New Orleans Square in order to further his company's position of dominance over Disney but yeah, he has Disneyland's best interests in mind when trampling all over Tomorrowland's theme with Buzz and Nemo. CARSLAND

                  This guy is no Disney savior.
                  Oh these "Pixar is taking over Disneyland" posts never get old!

                  And to get some facts straight Pixar was never at any one point Lasseter's Company. He had quite the amount of creative swing but it was never his company. Secondly, I'd rather have the subs back up as Nemo than have nothing there at all except a big pond that guests liked to throw trash into.

                  And lastly, along with the group of people at Imagineering; Lasseter is LEADING the savior of the Disney Company -- at least creatively that is.
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                    Originally posted by DisneyMickey View Post
                    Well it's more important he is at Disneyland and DCA.
                    No, it is important he is at WDW.
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                      Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                      I love Lasseter and all that he is doing. At least someone who claims they love DL truly shows it by all the time and work he puts into the park(s).

                      And as for Pixar entering the parks...I personally don't find anything wrong with it. Pixar now belongs to Disney which makes Pixar characters Disney characters. Disney didn't want to come up with their own new movies, characters, etc. so they went ahead and bought a company that did. No complaints from me.
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                        Originally posted by Pressler69 View Post
                        Heh.


                        Lasseter was (probably) at Disneyland to find a way to cram a Ratatouille ride in New Orleans Square in order to further his company's position of dominance over Disney but yeah, he has Disneyland's best interests in mind when trampling all over Tomorrowland's theme with Buzz and Nemo. CARSLAND

                        This guy is no Disney savior.
                        The guy believes in story and quality product, which is as close as we've come in a long time to someone who is fighting for Walt's ideals. So what if a majority of his ideas thus far have incorporated films that he has worked on? You have to take into account the relative speed with which he has transcended to prominence in the company - he's just getting started. And when you're new at something, you tend to stick to what you know. I'm putting money on the fact that the more experience he gets working with the parks, the less emphasis there will be on Pixar films.
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                          Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                          John was presenting at the Snow White event at DCA on Saturday.

                          Regarding Pixar and Disney: To each his own I guess. IMO, Pixar represents more of the heart, creativity, and originality that Disney was once known for than Disney currently does. John cares about bringing back the 'Walt Disney' into the studios, the same legacy that inspired the entire staff at Pixar and more importantly the founders and directors of the studio. To many individuals there is no separation between Woody and Disney, between Nemo and Disney, between Sully and Disney, between and McQueen and Disney. These characters that happen to be created by Pixar not only have set the standard for family entertainment but have become the new definition of the words "Walt Disney Animation." Disney fans would be disappointed if Disney had lost that relationship with Pixar and we had to settle for Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and the rest of the CG efforts as Disney's best foot forward. Pixar could have partnered with Universal and had their creative team continue to build and market Pixar themed attractions.

                          Regarding orignality in the parks, I miss it too. I really do. But as Al Lutz has stated in his recent interview, Disney will continue to create movie based attractions because quite simply, it works. The heads of the studios, John and Dick Cook, have theme park history in their blood. The relationship is closer than ever before and will continue in that direction because of the extremely healthy ROI. Movie based attractions bring in the crowds, crowds bring in a lot of money, money supports the theme park we love.
                          Last edited by ROBONICS95; 11-18-2007, 08:17 AM.
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                            Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                            PIXAR is still animation and this is what the animation world is doing now. DL would never be able to compete for the kid dollar if they didn't support, pay for, market, merchandise and exploit CGI animation. Wouldn't it be great if DL could have stayed exactly as Walt had left it? No. It would be long gone by now. PIXAR helps pay for HM, IASW, Main Street and Snow castle. You may not like PIXAR PLAY PALS PARADE (or whatever its called--please do not post 1000 times that I got it wrong--I don't care). The only thing inevitable is change and PIXAR is the future. Even Mickey is starting to look like he came from a PIXAR film these days. Besides, I like Buzz and Woody.
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                              If we went ahead and got rid of characters AND rides in the park that were not originally imagined by Disney, then half the park wouldn't be there. You'd have to get rid of Star Tours, Indy, Pooh, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and her castle,....the list goes on and on.
                              "This would be a great place if we could only get rid of all these people." WD

                              "Women are the best judges of anything we turn out. Their taste is very important. They are the theatergoers, they are the ones who drag the men in. If the women like it, to heck with the men." WD

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                                Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                                Originally posted by Pressler69 View Post
                                Heh.


                                Lasseter was (probably) at Disneyland to find a way to cram a Ratatouille ride in New Orleans Square in order to further his company's position of dominance over Disney but yeah, he has Disneyland's best interests in mind when trampling all over Tomorrowland's theme with Buzz and Nemo. CARSLAND

                                This guy is no Disney savior.
                                Mr. Lasseter lives here in Sonoma, well when he is not running around, and I have to say that he is a very "dedicated" person. He shows his movies at our local home town vintage theater when the premier to raise money for the theater. He donates to everything he can here in the area. He takes part in events and does a lot for the community. Though I am not a "tree hugger" I do have to say he has driven to work in Emeryville for years in a low gas commute car with several employees, yes he is the boss. The movies he has given the industry are fun, family entertainment. He is part of Disney now and IMHO I feel he has the same feelings that Walt had, "Disneyland will never be finished as long as there is imagination left in the world". Mr. Lasseter is the new imagination, the new future of the park, the new Family Entertainment. Because he wants to bring in his movies to the park is wrong? Kids love them, they are for families, they are FUN! Up until these last few years has Disney themselves tried to bring any of their "commercial" fillms into the park, not counting costumed characters? Give the man a chance, or would you rather see a Pressler typw back? It is sad that you can't give him a chance. Hollyweird didn't give George Lucas a chance either, look where he is now.

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                                  Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                                  Let me join the voices of those who sing the praises of John Lasseter. He understands story. He understands quality. And he understands Disney. If there is one man in animation today that I would love to work for/with it's John Lasseter.

                                  And once and for all, Pixar films are Disney films. They are one company.

                                  Back on topic:
                                  Wonderful that he visits the parks, and even more wonderful that he brings his family. Not some gaggle of company yes-men.
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                                    Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                                    To consider the John and Disney relationship "new" is a stretch as well. John's presence in the halls of Disney has been felt since his days in CalArts and his full and part time jobs at the studios. An influence so strong that even Ron Miller (then CEO of TWDC) came home to Diane Disney Miller and told her about how this man is someone that is determined to make a difference in the company and is someone to keep an eye on. This is within his first few weeks of being hired...

                                    His influence in TWDC is long overdue and if he indeed plans to take it over then I would have to say its about time. It was destined to happen since he first stepped foot through the studio gates as an assistant to many of the great Disney animators.
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                                      Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                                      Originally posted by mainstreetcm View Post
                                      And lastly, along with the group of people at Imagineering; Lasseter is LEADING the savior of the Disney Company -- at least creatively that is.
                                      If he were the "savior" he'd use his considerable clout to steer Disneyland in the right direction, not turn it into Pixar Play Land.
                                      Originally posted by ladydragon55 View Post
                                      Because he wants to bring in his movies to the park is wrong? Kids love them, they are for families, they are FUN! Up until these last few years has Disney themselves tried to bring any of their "commercial" fillms into the park, not counting costumed characters?
                                      I think the Pixar films are incredible and the best in animation right now. However I do think bringing them to Disney parks to the extent that they have is wrong, lazy, and misdirected. I long for the original rides of the old Disneyland, but unfortunately unless it can be tied into a movie, an attraction will not be built at Disneyland in today's climate.

                                      I do like movie tie in rides when they are massive E Tickets though, but none of the Pixar additions have been as elaborate or extensive as Indy. The Subs came close, but those things were built in 1959, so the credit goes to Walt. The projections however are just typical cheap Disney.
                                      Originally posted by bloodnswash View Post
                                      If we went ahead and got rid of characters AND rides in the park that were not originally imagined by Disney, then half the park wouldn't be there. You'd have to get rid of Star Tours, Indy, Pooh, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and her castle,....the list goes on and on.
                                      Uh, I'm not saying get rid of all movie tie in rides. The point is that while many of these attractions were being built, originals were also built as well, and they often got more attention than the movie tie ins.
                                      Originally posted by sleepybear View Post
                                      DL would never be able to compete for the kid dollar if they didn't support, pay for, market, merchandise and exploit CGI animation.
                                      They shouldn't be competing for the kid dollar. They should be competing for the every dollar. Disney was never meant to be solely for kids, but for anyone with imagination and half a brain.
                                      Originally posted by ROBONICS95 View Post
                                      The heads of the studios, John and Dick Cook, have theme park history in their blood.
                                      No they don't. They have movie history in their blood. If they had theme park history they would understand the importance of originals like Pirates, Mansion, Small World, Tiki Room and the list goes on. This reluctance to build originals and stick to movie tie ins is misguided and will basically turn Disney parks into Universal Studios. People point to Fantasyland rides and claim that "Disneyland has always had movie rides!" but the originals made Disneyland what it is. The originals were always the huge attractions that people came for miles to see, from Mansion to Space Mountain.

                                      Look to Everest as proof that an original can still thrive. I wonder how that thing ever got built.
                                      Last edited by Pressler69; 11-18-2007, 12:59 PM.

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                                        Re: John Lasseter at DL Saturday 11/17!!

                                        John Lasseter is certainly a world of difference than the
                                        "management" style of a decade ago. How quickly some
                                        forget the "run to failure", "build on the cheap", "short term
                                        gain for long term pain", the monorail and Tiki Room falling
                                        apart, and the general decay of Disneyland.

                                        Matt Ouimet signalled the 1st of the positive changes in
                                        management of DL, and fortunately Iger followed Eisner,
                                        and with that, bringing Pixar and John back as a permanent
                                        part of the Disney Family. With that, Lasseter has had more
                                        influence, love, and proven imagination for Disneyland than
                                        anyone else, since Walt Disney.

                                        And criticisms of only movie bases attractions is of little concern.
                                        Heck, DL was a tv show a year before DL was a theme park. A
                                        haunted house and pirates were not original story ideas. What
                                        was important is THE WAY the story was told ~ THAT is what is
                                        important.

                                        Disney broke ground with the way attractions told a story with both
                                        Star Tours and Indy at DL. The use of successful movies helped draw
                                        attention to the new type of attractions that imagineers brought to DL.
                                        It's the way that imagineers told the story, and the level of detailing that
                                        kept drawing the people.

                                        John is very interested in the way the story is being told, expanding
                                        technology when telling stories on DL attractions. Yes, there are
                                        others who have worked for Disney in high positions, with the love of
                                        DL, and some with influence within Disney. At this time, that
                                        mantel in now in the hands of John Lasseter.

                                        By purporting that others are calling John a "savior" is an absolute
                                        exaggeration, (and borders on a lack of respect of others spiritual beliefs.)
                                        But don't refuse to acknowledge John's influence, ability to get things done,
                                        love of Disney, and the positive impact he has on Disney and Disneyland.
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