I’m not going to quote the whole article, this thread is about the money, and if nothing else, the money has dictated the current response as much as it did the (lack of) response before;
John Lasseter’s “Missteps”: How Much Did Disney Execs Know and When?
In his 2014 book Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios, revealed his management of Pixar includes a process called “Notes Day,” in which all employees are afforded the opportunity to offer “notes” to their leaders on how to improve the company, its culture and its creative output. What Catmull did not explain in the book is that some Pixar employees had used Notes Day to express mounting concern over the behavior of the company’s co-founder and chief creative officer, John Lasseter.
So when Lasseter, 60, notified colleagues Nov. 21 that he would be taking a six-month “sabbatical” from his role as Disney’s top animation executive because of “missteps” that have left colleagues feeling “disrespected and uncomfortable,” several company insiders say they were not surprised. As he was building Pixar into a pioneer of computer imagery and creativity — and then returning a foundering Disney to its former glory — Lasseter had developed a reputation for relentless borderline bullying conduct and for crossing lines into employees’ personal space in the workplace.
Now Lasseter, perhaps the most important figure in feature animation since Walt himself, has left the empire he helped build in a precarious position. There is the short-term question of who will take the creative reins in his absence — and the larger issue of who might succeed him permanently should he not return. The answers could impact the legacy that Disney CEO Bob Iger leaves behind when he himself steps down in 2019.
Now, in Lasseter’s absence, the speculation is that a member of Pixar’s storied “brain trust,” the animation directors who meet regularly to review one another’s work, will be asked to step forward. The most frequently heard name is Pete Docter, the two-time Oscar-winning director of Up and Inside Out. But some are eyeing Andrew Stanton, who won Oscars for Finding Nemo and Wall-E, or Brad Bird, who won Oscars for Ratatouille and The Incredibles (though Bird might have his hands full directing Incredibles 2, opening June 15).
Stanton and Bird have spent time away from Pixar to direct live-action films, which may give the advantage to Docter. Says a source: “You need someone who is all in, dedicated to doing animation. That is Pete.”
The company also could choose a female talent. Of Pixar’s 19 feature releases, only one, Brave, had a female director, though Brenda Chapman was replaced by Mark Andrews during production, and they shared the directing credit on the Oscar winner. Rashida Jones, a writer on Toy Story 4 who then left the project, has said the studio fosters “a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.” The likeliest female candidate is Darla Anderson, producer of Toy Story 3, Cars and Coco.
Iger probably will be the one to decide whether Lasseter can return. “The key to all this is Bob Iger’s legacy,” suggests a source. “Everything is about preserving his legacy, and if Lasseter’s behavior threatens to tarnish that, they will throw John to the wolves.”
As part of his remake of Disney, Iger’s first big coup was acquiring Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion. Since then, the company, co-founded by the late Steve Jobs, has turned out a string of hits, from Cars to the current Coco, that have grossed more than $8 billion worldwide. At the center of it all was Lasseter, whose public image was that of a genial, Hawaiian shirt-wearing family man who brought his own obsessions with toys and cars to the screen. When he took over Disney Animation, he led a renaissance with such hits as Frozen, Zootopia and Moana.
“The impact of John’s stepping aside can’t be overestimated,” says Dan Sarto, co-founder and publisher of Animation World Network. “That said, he has also developed and helped foster a tremendously deep and talented group of artists that should be able to step up and fill the void to a big degree. We will soon see if that’s the case.”