George Lucas will attend the Venice Film Festival for the first time so he can present the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to John Lasseter and the directors of the Disney/Pixar team, Variety reported today. Lucas is also being hailed by the festival 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 premieres 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.