Friday, May 27, 2011

Lasseter coming to Toronto to promote Cars 2 [UPDATE]

Toronto has been getting a lot of love from Pixar lately.

Last month, animator Don Crum was in town to talk about his work at the studio and introduce the world premiere of the first ever Toy Story Toon, Hawaiian Vacation.

Now it's been announced that chief creative officer John Lasseter will be visiting on June 7 to promote Cars 2 and participate in the Toronto International Film Festival's In Conversation With… series.

Lasseter will join Jesse Wente, the Festival's Head of Film Programmes, on stage at the TIFF Bell Lightbox to discuss his career, show clips of his films, and answer audience questions.

Tickets are still available, but act fast if you're interested. The event takes place at 7:30 in the evening.

Earlier in the day, Lasseter and Cars 2 producer Denise Ream will be sitting for interviews with local media. You might hear a bit more about that next month!
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Update: I've learned the sad news that Lasseter has had to cancel all his upcoming appearances for the next few weeks, including his trip to Toronto, due to unexpectedly losing a close family member over the weekend.

(Updated May 30)

15 comments:

Anonymous 2.0 said...

Any chance of him coming to Bahrain?

It's calmed down a little since the last (and possibly first) time you've heard of it... ;-)

Anonymous said...

This is great news - thanks for sharing, Mike!

If interviews are on June 7th, any word yet on what day you'll actually be seeing Cars 2?

Current Members said...

Thanks for the hot tip my man, I got my two tickets just now, wow cheap!- are you going to be there? Like I have to ask.

Jordan said...

Do you plan on going? Or is that not the part of Canada you live int?

Mike Bastoli said...

Anonymous #2: June 6.

Jordan: Yes, and it is.

shannon said...

I can't even believe I'm going to be on vacation on that day!! WTF tat's like my dream and the tickets are so cheap!! Im am gonna cry!

Rene van den Abeelen said...

'Mister Lasseter... telephone for you...'

Anonymous said...

As you said in a previous article, "A hearing on Mandeville-Anthony's motion to obtain a pre-release copy of Cars 2 remains scheduled for June 6."

I read on your Twitter, John Lasseter won't be coming to Toronto - does this have something to do with it?

Anonymous said...

Hope, John Lasseter and his family recover from their loss. It sucks that he wont be able to make it to the event, but family does come first.

Mike Bastoli said...

Anonymous #3: Nothing to do with that. Read the update.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Mike. That's really sad to hear. I understand why he wouldn't want to be doing promotional stuff right now.

Brent said...

Oh thats really a shame. My sympathies go out to Mr. Lassetter and his family. Do you know if another Pixar representative will be taking his place or if the event is outright cancelled?

Anonymous said...

That's too bad, Mike. :( My condolences to Mr. Lasseter and his family.

Are you still seeing Cars 2 on the 6th then?

Mike Bastoli said...

That's the plan.

Anonymous said...

His father passed away last week. My best wishes go out to him and his family.