John Lasseter & Many More Amazing Pixarians Aboard the Pixar Cruises

Disney Pixar California Employee Cruise

A few weeks ago, we posted additional details about the Disney and Pixar-themed limited-run California Cruises. Well, for those of you that may have been on the fence – if this doesn’t push you over the edge to go, I’m not sure what will.

The Disney Parks Blog announced the official list of Pixarians who will be aboard the cruises to inspire and educate the guests – here are the details.


  • John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios; Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering 
  • Jay Ward, CARS Franchise Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios – Ward contributes his enthusiasm for cars and his artistic passions to the creation of anything and everything within the “Cars” Franchise, including the production of “Cars” as character team manager and consultant to the film’s director and co-director, John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.


  • Roger Gould, Creative Director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios – Gould collaborates with Walt Disney Imagineering in the creation of theme park attractions and lands inspired by Pixar’s films, most recently the creation and opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
  • Tia Kratter, Shading Art Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Kratter served as the shading art director on “Brave,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” where she was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film.


  • Harley Jessup, Production Designer, Pixar Animation Studios – Jessup leads teams of artists who create and design the sets and characters for films, including “Monster’s Inc.,” and “Ratatouille.” He recently finished working as a production designer for “Cars 2.”
  • Jeremy Lasky, Director of Photography/ Camera, Pixar Animation Studios – Lasky served as director of photography/camera on “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E” and “Toy Story 3.” His most recent project was as director of photography/camera on “Cars 2.”


  • Rob Gibbs, Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Gibbs has contributed his story talents to a number of Disney•Pixar films, including “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E,” “Up” and “Cars.” He has also directed and co-directed several of the studio’s “Cars Toons.”
  • Sharon Calahan, Director of Photography/Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios – Calahan served as director of photography/lighting on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “Cars 2.” She previously served as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.” 

The schedule and presenters are subject to change, but from this list, it’s clear these sailings are going to be jam-packed with fun, creativity, and imagination! 

As we mentioned before – we could only wish to make it on this cruise. Are you kidding – John Lasseter, Harley Jessup, Tia Kratter, and Sharon Calahan are all speaking on separate days – looks like you’d need to go to each of the four cruises! 🙂 Could you imagine all that you could learn from Jay Ward about Cars and the park insights that you could get from Roger Gould? Don’t even get me started on Jeremy Lasky – being a tech geek and hearing all the tips and tricks from the Director of Photography would be amazing. Finally, Rob Gibbs talking about the story process and his detailed insights would be just enthralling!

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