Pixar and Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter, who
became a doctor for the second time last week, delivered the commencement speech to this year’s graduating CalArts class. Lasseter’s speech is a cross between a revival meeting and a rock concert, complete with rowdy audience members chiming in, like in this exchange:
John Lasseter: Even when we reached Disney, the one place we thought we would fit in, we were shut down by the people who took over the studio after Disney’s famous Nine Old Men had retired. They just wanted to maintain the status quo.
Unidentified audience member: FUCK’EM!
John Lasseter: Amen brother, amen! Let me go on because revenge is really sweet here.
Below is the complete 24-minute talk. If you don’t have the time to watch it, here’s a summary of the two most important things Lassseter learned during his four years at CalArts: