272 Great Directors: John Lasseter

“Andrew Stanton always said that 2-D animation became the scapegoat for bad storytelling. But you can make just as bad of a movie in 3-D.”

What Got This Director Here?
: The first two Toy Stories before the Cars knocked him off.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (in descending order of quality fwiw).

What Did I Watch: A Bug’s Life, which I didn’t remember at all.

Where Does He Fit: Arguably the easiest movie I have sat through so far for this project (hmm, wonder how these directors got onto the Top 250…), A Bug’s Life has a reputation as minor Pixar, their sophomore slump, and the hugely dated animation that looks far worse than either Toy Story thanks to the textures of the insects (not to say Toy Story’s hugely shiny look has lasted forever) does not help matters. It could probably use some cleaning up, but there is no fixing that script, which is not bad so much as it is just a pastiche of material from Seven Samurai with insect puns thrown in. Nothing wrong with that, per se, and if you’re going to be a rip-off you should do it in a kiddie film, but Pixar is usually so much more willing to be challenging and different. I am frankly amazed they have not mined this one for a sequel, as the cast is so likable and easy to work with independent of whether or not the voice cast wants to return (and I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus has better things to do with her time). Also, the grasshoppers have always gotten a bad rap in this tale. Just saying!


Most Valuable Asset: He was an early pioneer in the CGI animation field.
Most Excited For: Er…Toy Story 4? Not really.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Not at this point.

Coming Up Next: Early sound wonder Rouben Mamoulian.

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