HOLLYWOOD- John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Companys animation chief, has quit amid scandal over unwanted hugs.
In an internal memo six months ago, Lasseter has apologized to “anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line”.
He then went on sabbatical. Now in a statement released by Disney, Lasseter has said, “The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities.
“While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges.”
“John had a remarkable tenure at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks, and telling original, high quality stories that will last forever,” Disney chief Bob Iger said.
Lasseter had also directed Toy Story and Toy Story 2.