Disney taps Frozen, Inside Out filmmakers to replace Pixar's John Lasseter

Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are taking over for former Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who is departing Disney at the end of the year following misconduct allegations.

Longtime Pixar chief Lasseter departing Disney following misconduct allegations

Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee and Pete Doctor, best known for films like Up and Inside Out, are taking over for former Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who is departing Disney following misconduct allegations. (Associated Press)

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn says Tuesday that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are taking over for former Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who is departing Disney at the end of the year following misconduct allegations.

Lee, who co-directed Frozen, has been named chief creative officer for the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Docter, who is best known for Up and Inside Out, is now the chief creative officer for Pixar Animation.

Both are Oscar-winners and veterans of the Walt Disney Company. 

Horn says in a statement that both Lee and Docter embody the spirit, culture and values of their respective studios.

In November, Lasseter left for a six-month sabbatical and apologized for "missteps" with employees.

The animation executive will stay on as a consultant through 2018, after which he will leave the company permanently.

Lasseter, seen here in 2010, stepped away for a sabbatical last fall after acknowledging 'missteps' in his behaviour with staff members. (Katy Winn/The Associated Press)