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Wednesday
Jul132011

The Amazing Home of John Lasseter

Take a look at the Sonoma, California residence of John and Nancy Lasseter. Also, take a peak into a busy day at Pixar Studios.

Train Library

Model railroads travel throughout various rooms of the house, both above one's head and below the feet.

To access the Train Library: none other than a secret, hidden staircase. 


Hawaiian Shirt Closet

Over 370 Hawaiian-style shirts.


Trophy Room


Wine Cellar


Kitchen / Dining Room


Gym / Backyard

We need to see more pics of the backyard, John! From what I can tell, there is are (at minimum) water slides going into a pool. In the two photos above it almost resembles River Country.

Below we see a satellite view of the mini water park-like backyard, as well as the rest of the home. Beautiful home in beautiful beautiful Northern California. 

The estate is located some 60 miles from Pixar in Emeryville. But worry not, John has a driver to take him to/from the Studio. And for good reason. I wonder if that black SUV made a cameo in Cars 2? Hmm. If so, it surely had a clever and punerific name.

This is fascinating. John approves animation and provides notes from his iPad.

"A Day in the Life of John Lasseter" Video

Thanks John Lassetire. Oh, I mean Lasseter. Remember to send us photos of your cool backyard!

 

Related posts:

Love, Hate, and John Lasseter
The Makings of a Good Sequel
Walt Disney Studios Post Production Behind-the-Scenes
Imagineering Sound Design Behind-the-Scenes
Original Visions of CalArts
Real-life 'Up' House

 

Monday
Mar072011

Real-life 'Up' House

You know you liked Pixar's 'Up'. I did. My wife and I scored an advanced screening thanks to an old college roommate of mine (who once punched me in the nose over a girl... ha!). The film was 95% complete and the small group of critics in the theater all loved it. We enjoyed the simplicity and the originality. And the talking dogs. That Pete Docter is one creative fellow. Aaaaaand he's a big lover of old-school Epcot. That's right... Maybe we can get more info on that topic later. For now, enjoy National Geographic Channel's fun little adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug262010

Original Visions of CalArts

The best little 1964 film about CalArts you'll ever see!

I was floored when I found this.  Not only is Bageerah (the great Sebastian Cabot) narrating this little gem, it's chock full of great mid-century modern artwork, renderings and concepts.  It's produced in that classic Walt Disney live-action educational film style of the 50s and 60s.  To add to it, this little beauty was long-lost in the CalArts archives, recently discovered, and posted not too long ago.

The school, established in 1961, was Walt Disney's vision for "different artistic disciplines sharing space under one roof."  (One roof meaning one campus, I'm sure.)

 

The short film was originally presented at the 1964 gala premiere of Mary Poppins.  According to a Dick Van Dyke interview on the Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition DVD, Dick wanted to play the part of the old banker at the end of the movie (free of charge) though Walt was unsure about the idea.  Then Walt came back and said he could only play the part if he paid $2,000 of his own cash towards the CalArts project.  Ha!