Jobs said he would provide the money.
"I believed in what John was doing," he later said. "It was art. He cared, and I cared. I always said yes."
His only comment at the end of Lasseter's presentation was, "All I ask of you, John, is to make it great."
Tin Toy went on to win the 1988 Academy Award for animated short films, the first computer-generated film to do so.
To celebrate, Jobs took Lasseter and his team to Greens, a vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco.
Lasseter grabbed the Oscar, which was in the center of the table, held it aloft,
and toasted Jobs by saying, "All you asked is that we make a great movie."
The new team at Disney--Michael Eisner the CEO and Jeffrey Katzenberg in the film division
began a quest to get Lasseter to come back.
They liked Tin Toy, and they thought that something more could be done with animated stories of toys that come alive and have human emotions.
But Lasseter, grateful for Jobs's faith in him, felt that Pixar was the only place where he could create a new world of computer-generated animation.
He told Catmull, "I can go to Disney and be a director, or I can stay here and make history."
So Disney began talking about making a production deal with Pixar.