The Jungle Cruise Skippers have been contributing material to the attraction's spiel since 1955-much to the chagrin of the creative team at Walt Disney Imagineering. John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award(R) winner, director, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and principal creative advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering. He directed Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2. One of his first jobs at the Walt Disney Company was as a Jungle Cruise skipper, piloting the tropical rivers of the world at Disneyland Park. Erwin Madrid is a visual development artist who has created and designed art of animated feature films, video games, and many children's books. In his spare time, Erwin enjoys traveling to the tropics and painting pictures of colorful and dangerous people-eating plants.