John Lasseter and directors Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Brad Bird, and Lee Unkrich were officially handed the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement prize a few hours ago at the Venice Film Festival.
Speaking at the ceremony, Lasseter called the accolade "a tremendous honour", one he shares with his "best friends and brothers" in filmmaking, his fellow directors at the studio.
"Our dream is always simple: to entertain our audiences around the world, everybody," he continued, summarizing Pixar's goal when making movies.
About George Lucas, who was selected by the festival to present the award to the team, Lasseter later told reporters: "I think anybody else when they sell a company and the company goes on to be very successful, they would feel like they missed out, [but] George Lucas is so proud of us and we are so thankful to him."
(Sources: Associated Press, AFP; Photo via Stitch Kingdom)