Sorry for my long absence from the forum.
I'd like to weigh in on this John Lasseter situation. First of all, even though yes, John Lasseter is a genius who got Pixar and WDAS to be the reigning kings of animation in North America, the accusations against him are deplorable. But that's all I'm going to say about ethics because this isn't a forum about that.
If Lasseter is fired, which I hope he is, Pixar will be fine. This is a bump in the road for Pixar, but it will not break Pixar down. In fact, overcoming this challenge could be what saves Pixar.
Here is why:
John Lasseter jumped the shark as soon as he made Cars. The Cars franchise has consistently earned Pixars worst reviews with an average 60% RT score for the trilogy. He built Pixar up to the empire it was, but wasn't able to keep it there. With the exception of a few standout films from post cars era (WALL-E, Up, TS3 Inside Out, - I haven't seen Coco yet so can't include it here) Pixar films have been living in the shadow of the pre-cars era. They have settled with films that are satisfying but don't live up to the expectation set from Pixar golden age (Toy Story-Incredibles)
You could say "It isn't fair to say this is solely John Lasseter's fault"
Sure. There are probably several factors coming into play here. He may not be solely at fault for causing the problem, but as a leader, John Lasseter has proved to be incapable of solving the problem.
Pixar has been needing a new leader for a long time. But John Lasseter's value to Pixar in recent years hasn't been because of his leadership, it has been because he is a personality; he was part of the Pixar brand.
Pixar needs a new leader on the creative side.
Not a random outsider, but a Pixar insider who is just as much of a creative genius as John Lasseter, and who has created many of Pixars most original, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful movies. But they also need someone who demonstrates a strong sense of integrity in his leadership and behaviour. Yes, I'm talking about Pete Docter.
Pixar NEEDS Pete Docter. He may not have the same public personality that John Lasseter has, but he is just as, if not more brilliant than Lasseter, and he's also not a sexual predator His 3 movies Monsters Inc, Up and Inside Out are among the most critically and financially successful Pixar Movies. He has never made an underwhelming movie. Most importantly, he knows how to foster an incredibly collaborative environment that is what once made Pixar thrive in originality but that appears to have been clouded by bias and status. Pete Docter has been around Pixar since the beginning and knows how to get it back to where it was.