VES to Honor Lasseter

Pixar Animation Studios founder John Lasseter will follow George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis as the third recipient of the Georges Melies Award for Artistic Excellence, a lifetime achievement kudo to be presented at this year’s Visual Effects Society (VES) awards ceremony. The fourth annual event will take place on Feb. 15 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Lasseter directed Disney’s 1979 animated classic, Lady and the Tramp, before going on to create early Pixar CG shorts such as Luxo Jr., Knick Knack and the Oscar-winning Tiny Toy. He jumped back into the toy box to direct both Toy Story movies and A Bug’s Life, and is now at work on the eagerly awaited 2006 release, Cars. Other recent credits include exec producer on Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and the Pixar shorts Boundin’ and Jack-Jack Attack.

VES is currently accepting awards nominations in 21 categories, including feature film, television, commercials, music videos, video games and special venue projects. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 2.