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Pete Docter

Director and Vice President, Creative
Pixar Animation Studios

Pete Docter is the Oscar®-winning director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Up,” and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios. Most recently Docter directed Disney•Pixar’s Summer 2015 release “Inside Out.”

Starting at Pixar in 1990 as the studio’s third animator, Docter collaborated with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton in developing the story and characters for “Toy Story,” Pixar’s first full-length animated feature film, for which he also was supervising animator.  He served as a storyboard artist on “A Bug’s Life,” and wrote initial story treatments for both “Toy Story 2” and “WALL•E.” Aside from directing his three films, Docter also executive produced "Brave" and "Monsters University." 

Docter’s interest in animation began at the age of eight when he created his first flipbook.  He studied character animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California, where he produced a variety of short films one of which won a Student Academy Award®.  Those films have since been shown in animation festivals around the world, and are featured on the "Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2." Upon joining Pixar, he animated and directed several commercials, and has been nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature-winner “Up” and nominee “Monsters, Inc.,” and Best Original Screenplay for “Up” and “WALL•E.”