Former Pixar artist opens up about the studio's rampant sexism and "boys club" culture

We’ve been getting increasingly strident hints for a while now that things were Not Good, re: sexism, at beloved animation studio Pixar. For one thing, there’s the numbers: Out of the 20 films the studio has produced during its lifespan, only one, 2012's Brave, featured a female director—and Brenda Chapman was…

John Lasseter is leaving Disney and Pixar for good after misconduct allegations

“What’s going on with John Lasseter?” remains an open question in Hollywood at the moment; the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar CCO—whose work on Toy Story and Pixar’s other CGI charmers has been foundational for American animation over the last 20 years—took a mostly talked-around leave of absence last year…

Insiders say John Lasseter won't return to Disney and Pixar after misconduct allegations

John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation took a leave from those companies over allegations of harassment and misconduct, including (as one anonymous source put it) “grabbing, kissing, [and] making comments about physical attributes” of women at…

Rashida Jones says she left Toy Story 4 because of problems with Pixar, not just John Lasseter

Rashida Jones and her writing partner, Will McCormack, have issued a statement tonight denying an allegation made by The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, refuting the claim that they left the creative team for Toy Story 4 because of an “unwanted advance” from John Lasseter. Lasseter—the chief creative officer for…

John Lasseter takes leave from Disney/Pixar, apologizes for “unwanted hugs”

John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer for Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, is the latest high-profile Hollywood power player to take a leave of absence amid charges of sexual harassment—or, as he puts it, “unwanted hugs.” Lasseter uses that very Disney-esque phrase in a memo to his employees …

John Lasseter is no longer co-directing Toy Story 4

Despite previous reports that he’d be co-directing the film (after taking the third installment off) Pixar leader John Lasseter won’t be in the director’s chair for Toy Story 4. Variety reports that Lasseter broke the news to fans at Disney’s D23 expo today, revealing that he’s leaving the franchise’s fourth…

Maybe destructive Sid from Toy Story wasn’t such a bad kid after all

Sure, he wears a black T-shirt with a skull on it, terrorizes his little sister, and deconstructs his toys. But does any of this actually make Sid from Pixar’s original Toy Story in 1995 a full-fledged villain? In a new video on the Super Carlin Brothers YouTube channel, Jonathan Carlin makes a compelling case for…

Toy Story 4 won’t be a continuation of the other films, will be a rom-com

Toy Story 3 tied a nice bow around the adventures of Woody, Buzz, and friends, but a billion-dollar global franchise can’t be hampered by something silly like an emotionally satisfying conclusion. And while Toy Story 4 has been on the drawing table for years, there hasn’t been much news beyond a release date, the …