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Pixar co-founder on retirement – WSJ



LOS ANGELES – Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and a leading architect of Walt

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As President of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, Mr. Catmull, 73 years old, is responsible for directing the studios behind some of the most popular animation titles in recent years, including "Toy Story," "Frozen," "Inside Out," and "Up."

Mr. While not well known to everyday fans, Catmull has successfully helped shape the Disney studios and run franchises such as The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Such films are the core element of Disney's approach to the entertainment business, which enables the company to release a movie and then turn its characters into revenue generators through toys, sequels, and theme park attractions.

Mr. Catmull joined Lucasfilm Ltd. in 1

979 to head the computer business of Star Wars after several years in the cinema industry. In 1986 he founded together with Apple founder Steve Jobs and animation guru John Lasseter Pixar.

Disney acquired Pixar for $ 4 billion in 2006. At this time, Mr. Catmull became president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. Mr. Lasseter became the chief creative animation executive at Disney. He took on a more public role as Mr. Catmull and was known to post upcoming films at fan conventions

. Lasseter left Disney this year for allegations that he embraced or unfriendly touched subordinates. Shortly after the allegations surfaced, he sent a letter to employees apologizing to someone "who has ever received an unwanted hug or other gesture." However, Catmull came into the limelight with the 2014 release of "Creativity, Inc.," a guide to the creative process that has become popular among business people and creative executives.

Following Mr. Catmull's retirement, current Pixar President Jim Andrian Millstein, President of Morris and Disney Animation Studios, will continue her roles reporting to Disney Studios President Alan Bergman. Mr. Catmull will remain a Disney Advisor until July 2019.

Write to Erich Schwartzel at erich.schwartzel@wsj.com


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