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Pete Docter

Pete Docter has carved out an illustrious career as one of Pixar Animation Studios' most prodigious talents. Joining the studio in 1990, he began by animating and directing a variety of Pixar-produced commercials for Tropicana Fruit Juice, Tetra-Pak drink box recycling and Lifesavers.

Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for Toy Story, Pixar's first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He was a storyboard artist on A Bug's Life, and wrote the initial story treatment for Toy Story 2.

Docter made his debut as a director on Monsters, Inc., which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. As one of Pixar Animation Studios' key creative contributors, Docter garnered another Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney•Pixar's Oscar-winning WALL•E."

Prior to joining Pixar, Docter worked as an animator for The Walt Disney Company, Bob Rogers and Company, Bajus-Jones Film Corporation and Reelworks in Minneapolis. Docter's interest in animation began at the age of 8 when he created his first flipbook. He studied character animation at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Valencia, California, where he produced a variety of films, including Winter, Palm Springs and the Student Academy Award-winning Next Door."

Docter currently resides in Piedmont, California with his wife and their two children.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Pete Docter Facts

OccupationDirector, Animator
BirthdayAugust 10, 1968 (55)
BirthplaceBloomington, Minnesota, USA

Selected Filmography

Inside Out
Monsters, Inc.
Mike's New Car
Monsters University/Monsters Inc
Howl's Moving Castle
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