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Getting teary, Lasseter recalled that the only request that Jobs — former CEO of Pixar and Disney board member — asked of him was to “make it great,” as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.
“Without Steve, Pixar wouldn’t exist,” he said of the company that has churned out such critically and commercially successful films as Toy Story, Cars and their sequels. “These films wouldn’t exist. I honor him.”
Jobs died Oct. 5 at age 56 after battling pancreatic cancer. After his death, Pixar paid tribute to him on its homepage, posting a photo of Jobs flanked by Lasseter and president Ed Catmull sitting in a row of seats that appears to be at a movie theater.
Lasseter — who received the 2,453rd star on the Walk of Fame, located in front of Disney’s El Capitan theater — also thanked his family, his colleagues and Catmull in his remarks.
He also revealed that, in 1964, at age 7, he traveled with his family from their home in Whittier, Calif., to see Mary Poppins in the theater. He said he never forgot walking around Hollywood Boulevard, seeing the stars on the sidewalk and taking in the sights.
Lasseter, who attended the ceremony decked out in one of his signature Hawaiian shirts, worn under a black blazer over jeans, called “the greatest honor you could give me.” After the revealing of the star itself, the giddy executive proceeded to lie down on top of it.
Other speakers included Don Rickles, who voiced a role in Toy Story and its sequels, and John Ratzenberger, who has been a part of every Pixar movie thus far.
Also on hand for the event were other actors who have lent their talents to Pixar movies, including Owen Wilson (Cars), Bonnie Hunt (Cars), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille), Emily Mortimer (Cars 2) and Cheech Marin (Cars).
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