John Lasseter to get Venice honor

Lifetime achievement award, 'Toy Story' in 3D

ROME -- The Venice Film Festival will present its lifetime achievement award to producer, writer, and director John Lasseter with the 3D world premieres of his directorial efforts "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," organizers said Monday.

Also planned in Lasseter's honor is an advanced look at the upcoming Disney/Pixar release "The Princess and the Frog," and an animation masterclass from Disney/Pixar. Additionally, Pixar directors Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich are expected to be on hand for the Sept. 6 award ceremony.

"All of us at Pixar are extremely grateful and honored to be recognized by the Venice Film Festival in such a special way," Lasseter said in a statement.

The 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival will take place Sept. 2-12.