(Source: Variety) George Lucas has been recruited by the Venice Film Festival to present the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to John Lasseter and the directors of the Disney/Pixar team.

Lucas, who will be making the trek to the Lido for the first time, is being hailed by the fest as “a leader in Hollywood’s digital revolution.”

Lucas will lionize Lasseter, Brad Bird, Peter Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich in the Palazzo del Cinema’s Sala Grande in a ceremony on Sunday Sept. 6.

Prior to Pixar’s inception in 1986, Lasseter worked in the graphics group of the Computer Division at Lucas’ Lucasfilm, where he designed the figure of the glass knight in the 1985 “Young Sherlock Holmes,” the first character ever made by computer for a live-action film.

Venice’s Disney/Pixar tribute will include the world preems of the new 3-D versions of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” as well as the world bow of a 10-minute clip of the newest Disney theatrical release “The Princess and the Frog,” which marks Disney’s long-awaited return to traditional hand-drawn animation, plus a sneak peek sequence from “Toy Story 3.”

Lasseter and the team on Sept. 7 will hold a Disney/Pixar Animation Master Class dedicated to the Pixar filmmaking process and a panel discussion for young Italian and European animators on their careers and personal influences.

The Venice fest will run Sept. 2-12.



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