Pete Docter
Deborah Coleman/Pixar
United States
2019

Pixar Animation Studios

Pete
Docter

Chief Creative Officer

In 2016, it was revealed that Docter had an idea for a new Pixar animated feature that would be as “equally weird” as his previous directorial effort, 2015’s “Inside Out.” Not much more was heard about the project until the D23 convention this August, when it was learned that said film, now titled “Soul” and due June 2020, would be about a middle school teacher (Jamie Foxx) who falls down a sewer grate and enters the spirit realm. The interim silence might have been due to Docter busy working double duty since succeeding John Lasseter as Pixar’s chief creative officer in June 2018. He joined Pixar in 1990, co-writing the first two “Toy Story” films and then segueing into directing with “Monsters, Inc.” and “Up.”

Career

  • WALL-E
  • UP
  • INSIDE OUT

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
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Pixar's Pete Docter Honored at CalArts REDCAT Gala

Pixar's Pete Docter Honored at CalArts REDCAT Gala

Pixar's Pete Docter reminisced about his days as a student at CalArts on Saturday night at the 2019 CalArts REDCAT Gala, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award.For the wide-eyed boy from Minnesota, where life was more routine, attending CalArts "was a free-for-all. It was eye-opening in a lot of ways," he recalled. "But it was also a place to play around and see what you could do."Docter, who is now chief creative officer at Pixar and the director and/or...

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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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