In retrospect, John Lasseter can't feel too sad for having been fired from Disney. Besides owning 358 Hawaiian shirts, his personal wealth stands at $100 million because of it!
Since he was a little boy, he dreamed of being an animator for Disney. He could not believe his incredible luck when he landed his dream job directly after leaving college. His enthusiasm was bursting at the seams, but his creative ideas were just too creative for Disney.
For people who have been drawing Mickey Mouse for ages and for many generations, his talk of computer animation and 3D characters was just crazy. He got too many people thinking, and was asked to go and play somewhere else. "It was creatively not the place I thought it was," Lasseter said.
He was scooped up by a company run by George Lucas. It was later bought by Steve Jobs and became Pixar. Lasseter orchestrated all the Pixar projects and directed Toy Story 1 and 2, A bugs Life and Cars 1 and 2.
Suddenly Disney took note! They bought Pixar for $7.4 billion in 2006 and made Lasseter the chief creative officer for both Disney and Pixar animation.
Because of the way life turns out, Lasseter can now toast his success with vintages from his own winery.