George Lucas will present the Venice Festival’s Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Lucas, hailed as a leader in Hollywood’s digital revolution by the fest, will be presenting the Pixar team with the grand honor at a special ceremony held at the Palazzo del Cinema’s Sala Grande on Sept. 6.
Lasseter worked in the graphics department of the computer division at Lucasfilm in the mid 1980s, where he designed the famous CG glass knight sequence for Young Sherlock Homes.
Venice’s Disney/Pixar tribute will include the world premieres of the new 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2. A ten-minute clip from Disney’s 2D feature The Princess and The Frog and a sneak peek at Toy Story 3 are also included in the program.
Lasseter and the team will participate in a master class on the Disney/Pixar animation process and a panel discussion for young Italian and European animators on their careers and personal influences on Sept. 7 at the festival.