The digital animation business at Pixar--the group that made little animated films--was originally just a sideline,
its main purpose being to show off the hardware and software of the company.
It was run by John Lasseter, a man whose childlike face and demeanor masked an artistic perfectionism that rivaled that of Jobs.
Born in Hollywood, Lasseter grew up loving Saturday morning cartoon shows.
In ninth grade, he wrote a report on the history of Disney Studios, and he decided then how he wished to spend his life.
When he graduated from high school,
Lasseter enrolled in the animation program at the California Institute of the Arts, founded by Walt Disney.
In his summers and spare time, he researched the Disney archives and worked as a guide on the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland.
The latter experience taught him the value of timing and pacing in telling a story,
an important but difficult concept to master when creating, frame by frame, animated footage.
He won the Student Academy Award for the short he made in his junior year, Lady and the Lamp,
which showed his debt to Disney films and foreshadowed his signature talent for infusing inanimate objects such as lamps with human personalities.