We never say enough good things about John Lasseter here on Ghibli Blog. Pioneer, visionary, movie guru, story-teller...and fashion icon. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he is gonna party like it's 1985.
Just in case you were curious, this photo comes from Lasseter-san, Arigatou, a direct-to-DVD video diary of Hayao Miyazaki's visit to the United States in support of Spirited Away. Lasseter-san was almost single-handedly responsible for making that happen, and has been Ghibli's patron saint in the US ever since. Ghibli created this DVD as their way of saying thanks. It's a terrific little movie; Disney should release it over here.