The Petersen Automotive Museum has announced that it will honor John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principle creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Adam Carolla, comedian and host of “The Car Show,” at its “Comedy and Cars Gala” on Thursday Oct. 4.
This year’s gala theme marks a new direction for the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
“In the past, we have honored automotive icons who have improved our lives through motorsports and industry innovation,” said Steve Young, Petersen Automotive Museum chairman of the board, in a statement released by the museum. “We felt it was time to recognize those who have used the gift of humor to promote the enjoyment of the automobile as a creative outlet, and the call to use it to explore the highways of America.”
Lasseter will be awarded the Petersen Automotive Museum 2012 Automotive Visionary Award.
This award salutes Lasseter’s lifelong passion for the automobile and honors the laughter he has brought millions around the world, by celebrating the many ways the automobile provides freedom, personal expression and adventure.
“The Petersen Museum has the same passion for cars that we at Pixar have for animation and our great friendship extends back to the early days of research for the first CARS movie,” Lasseter said in the museum statement. “We are kindred spirits, and I’m honored both as a filmmaker and lifelong car lover to receive this award.”
Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and creatively oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
Lasseter made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with “Toy Story,” the first-ever feature-length computer-animated film and, since then, has gone on to direct “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Cars” and “Cars 2.”
Prior to the formation of Pixar in 1986, Lasseter was a member of the computer division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he designed and animated “The Adventures of Andre and Wally B,” the first-ever piece of character-based three-dimensional computer animation.
Carolla, a comedian, bestselling author, and radio, TV, and podcast host, will receive the Petersen Automotive Museum 2012 Automotive Enthusiast Award in recognition of his many contributions to the promotion of the car as entertainment, through building, personalization and collecting.
“I’m honored and excited to be around so many great car guys and so much free food,” Carolla said in the museum statement.
Carolla hosts “The Adam Carolla Podcast,” which holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ “most downloaded podcast” with more than 5 million downloads per month.
His success on the internet prompted him to launch an entire online network, ACE Broadcasting in February 2010, which produces many of iTunes’ top podcast programming, including “CarCast with Adam Carolla.”
Carolla was the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio and television show “Loveline,” host of “The Adam Carolla Show” on CBS radio, and the creator and star of several television shows including “Crank Yankers,” “The Man Show,” “Too Late With Adam Carolla,” and “The Car Show.”
He also competed on “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Dancing With the Stars.”
His books “In 50 Years We’ll All Be Chicks” and “Not Taco Bell Material” were on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
“The Cars and Comedy Gala is open to the public and is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and promises to be a night full of fun for all,” Young said in the museum statement. “Attendees will have an intimate evening with legends from the automotive world, entertainment industry, politics and business -and even some surprise guests. This year’s event will include a cocktail reception, a live auction, an elegantly catered dinner, and a lot of laughs. ”
Individual tickets for the 2012 Cars and Comedy Gala are available in advance for $350 a person.
For more information, visit www.petersen.org.