Pete Docter
Deborah Coleman/Pixar
United States
2021

Pixar Animation Studios

Pete
Docter

Chief Creative Officer

Docter became the first person in history to win the Academy Award for best animated feature three times when he nabbed the 2021 award for Pixar’s “Soul,” about the spirit of a frustrated musician trying to get back to the world of the living (it also won for best original score). He mined the afterlife for a second Oscar nomination for best animated feature as one of the producers of 2020’s “Onward,” about two elven brothers trying to bring their father back to life for one day. At the same time, the three-decade-plus company vet was busy overseeing the studio’s expanding release slate on the Disney+ streaming service, which has included feature “Luca,” short-form series “Pixar Popcorn” and “Dug Days” plus the Oscar-nominated short “Burrow.”

Career

  • INSIDE OUT
  • MOANA
  • SOUL

Education

  • University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (MN, USA)
  • California Institute of the Arts (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
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'Soul' 101: Pete Doctor Breaks Down the Team that Brought the Complex Animation to Life

'Soul' 101: Pete Doctor Breaks Down the Team that Brought the Complex Animation to Life

Pete Docter, director and co-writer of Pixar’s “Soul,” appraised his co-workers by saying, “This team is crazy good.”The film entailed four years of production and hundreds of workers. “I think most of the team were excited to stretch outside the box of what people might expect from an animated movie. Subjects like why are we alive? What are we doing with our time on Earth?” Docter says. He notes that the film, a hot contender during the long Oscar season,...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Never accept advice from strangers on an unranked international professional index.”

What or who inspires you?

“Chuck Jones cartoons.”

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