Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter has taken a spot on the 2011 TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
(Earlier this month, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich was nominated in the TIME 100 poll. Voting closed with him at #51 out of 203.)
TIME selected Pixar staple John Ratzenberger to write the appreciation. He begins: "If any of us had the good fortune to choose our neighbors, we would ask for John Lasseter."
In a short video on TIME.com, Lasseter talks about who he would pick as 'most influential' and reveals a previously unknown collaboration between Pixar and Apple. His pick is Steve Jobs, of course, who inexplicably didn't make the list this year.
Lasseter reveals that Apple built him a special iPad app to facilitate his directorial duties on Cars 2. It allows him to review stills and video during his hour-long commute, record his voice for notes, and email everything to the correct people.
Directing a $200 million animated feature? There's an app for that.
The TIME 100 issue will be on newsstands tomorrow.