Pete Docter
Deborah Coleman/Pixar
United States

Pixar Animation Studios


Chief Creative Officer

When Pixar needed a new chief in the wake of John Lasseter’s departure, Docter was the natural choice. Long one of the studio’s key creatives, the multifaceted director-animator-screenwriter-producer has been nominated for eight Oscars and won best animated feature for “Inside Out” and “Up.” A skilled technician with great story instincts, he’s spent years morphing real-life emotions into pixels and CG characters, as evidenced by his work in such seminal Pixar productions as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Inside Out” and “Up” (all of which he wrote and directed), along with his writing on “Wall-E” and the first two “Toy Story” films, a franchise he’ll return to as a writer on sure-to-be-devoured “Toy Story 4,” set to kick off the summer of 2019.


  • WALL-E
  • UP


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

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact

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Pete Docter on 'Inside Out's' Team Tackling Unique Challenges

Pete Docter on 'Inside Out's' Team Tackling Unique Challenges

Pete Docter, director/co-writer of Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out,” says the film presented unique challenges, but the artisans’ demands were often surprisingly similar to live-action work. He spoke with Variety about some of his key team.Production designer Ralph EgglestonThis was arguably the toughest job on the film, since the entire world was made up. There was no place to look for reference, since it was set inside the mind, rather than the brain. His job was to lead a very small...



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

What or who inspires you?

“Chuck Jones cartoons.”

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