Pete Docter

Peter Hans "Pete" Docter is an American film director, animator, and screenwriter from Bloomington, Minnesota. He is best known for directing the films Monsters, Inc. and Up, and as a key figure and collaborator in Pixar Animation Studios. The A. V. Club has called him "almost universally successful". He has been nominated for eight Oscars (two wins thus far for Up & Inside Out -- Best Animated Feature), seven Annie Awards (winning five), a BAFTA Children's Film Award (which he won), and a Hochi Film Award (which he won). He has described himself as a "geeky kid from Minnesota who likes to draw cartoons."

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Up (2009)

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Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Ed Asner  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Jordan Nagai  •  Bob Peterson

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Ed Asner  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Jordan Nagai  •  Bob Peterson

The Pixar Story (2007)

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A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Iwerks
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  John Lasseter  •  Brad Bird  •  John Musker

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Iwerks
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  John Lasseter  •  Brad Bird  •  John Musker

WALL·E (2008)

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WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Stanton
CAST:  Ben Burtt  •  Elissa Knight  •  Jeff Garlin  •  Fred Willard

WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Stanton
CAST:  Ben Burtt  •  Elissa Knight  •  Jeff Garlin  •  Fred Willard

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Billy Crystal  •  Mary Gibbs  •  Steve Buscemi

James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Billy Crystal  •  Mary Gibbs  •  Steve Buscemi

The Incredibles (2004)

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Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Bird
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  Holly Hunter  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jason Lee

Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it's time to get back into costume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Bird
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  Holly Hunter  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jason Lee

Mike's New Car (2002)

Mike discovers that being the top-ranking laugh collector at Monsters, Inc. has its benefits – in particular, earning enough money to buy a six-wheel-drive car that's loaded with gadgets. That new-car smell doesn't last long enough, however, as Sulley jump-starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter  •  Roger Gould
CAST:  Billy Crystal  •  John Goodman

Mike discovers that being the top-ranking laugh collector at Monsters, Inc. has its benefits – in particular, earning enough money to buy a six-wheel-drive car that's loaded with gadgets. That new-car smell doesn't last long enough, however, as Sulley jump-starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter  •  Roger Gould
CAST:  Billy Crystal  •  John Goodman

Inside Out (2015)

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Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black  •  Mindy Kaling

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black  •  Mindy Kaling

Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn
CAST:  Peter Schneider  •  Rob Minkoff  •  Jeffrey Katzenberg  •  Glen Keane

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn
CAST:  Peter Schneider  •  Rob Minkoff  •  Jeffrey Katzenberg  •  Glen Keane

Mr. Incredible and Pals (2005)

An animated short film produced by Pixar included as a bonus on the DVD edition of the 2004 feature film "The Incredibles."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Gould
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Roger L. Jackson  •  Pete Docter

An animated short film produced by Pixar included as a bonus on the DVD edition of the 2004 feature film "The Incredibles."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Gould
CAST:  Craig T. Nelson  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Roger L. Jackson  •  Pete Docter

Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond (2015)

Retrospective looking at the revolutionary computer-animated feature film Toy Story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Lachman
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Tom Hanks  •  George Lucas  •  John Lasseter

Retrospective looking at the revolutionary computer-animated feature film Toy Story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Lachman
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Tom Hanks  •  George Lucas  •  John Lasseter

Riley's First Date? (2015)

Riley, now 12, who is hanging out with her parents at home when potential trouble comes knocking. Mom's and Dad's Emotions find themselves forced to deal with Riley going on her first "date."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josh Cooley
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Phyllis Smith  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black

Riley, now 12, who is hanging out with her parents at home when potential trouble comes knocking. Mom's and Dad's Emotions find themselves forced to deal with Riley going on her first "date."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josh Cooley
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Phyllis Smith  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black

Fog City Mavericks (2007)

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

Soul (2020)

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Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful audition at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Tina Fey  •  Questlove  •  Phylicia Rashād

Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful audition at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Tina Fey  •  Questlove  •  Phylicia Rashād

Animation Outlaws (2019)

Walt Disney said “We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.” Outside of Walt himself there are few people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kat Alioshin
CAST:  Seth Green  •  Andrew Stanton  •  'Weird Al' Yankovic  •  Pete Docter

Walt Disney said “We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.” Outside of Walt himself there are few people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kat Alioshin
CAST:  Seth Green  •  Andrew Stanton  •  'Weird Al' Yankovic  •  Pete Docter

Winter (1988)

This delightful story is simply about a boy wanting to go outside and play in the snow. After getting all bundled up by his mother, the boy has found that he is unable to move!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
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This delightful story is simply about a boy wanting to go outside and play in the snow. After getting all bundled up by his mother, the boy has found that he is unable to move!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
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Palm Springs (1989)

This short is about a purple dinosaur named Sigmund, who likes to bounce on top of trees.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Pete Docter  •  Ken Truhan

This short is about a purple dinosaur named Sigmund, who likes to bounce on top of trees.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Pete Docter  •  Ken Truhan

Next Door (1990)

A Pete Docter Animation about two completely incompatible neighbors. This man is very scheduled. Here he checks his watch before sitting down to watch TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
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A Pete Docter Animation about two completely incompatible neighbors. This man is very scheduled. Here he checks his watch before sitting down to watch TV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
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The Story Behind 'Toy Story' (1996)

The documentary short of Toy Story of why and how the feature length blockbuster sleeper movie became a success and helps to boost Pixar's popularity of making one of the few animation movie production companies in the world today, especially in North America.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Corey Burton  •  Tom Hanks  •  John Lasseter  •  Tim Allen

The documentary short of Toy Story of why and how the feature length blockbuster sleeper movie became a success and helps to boost Pixar's popularity of making one of the few animation movie production companies in the world today, especially in North America.  (more)

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CAST:  Corey Burton  •  Tom Hanks  •  John Lasseter  •  Tim Allen

The Making of 'Toy Story' (1995)

Documentary of the making of the groundbreaking Disney/Pixar animated hit movie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Bonifer
CAST:  John Lasseter  •  Ed Catmull  •  Andrew Stanton  •  Ralph Eggleston

Documentary of the making of the groundbreaking Disney/Pixar animated hit movie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Bonifer
CAST:  John Lasseter  •  Ed Catmull  •  Andrew Stanton  •  Ralph Eggleston

Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives (2020)

Explore the rich history of the Walt Disney Archives as legendary producer and host Don Hahn tours rarely seen areas of the department’s vast collections along with beloved Disney locations — including theme parks and the studio lot — through an engaging, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gleim
CAST:  Don Hahn  •  Kathryn Beaumont  •  Robert A. Iger  •  Kevin Feige

Explore the rich history of the Walt Disney Archives as legendary producer and host Don Hahn tours rarely seen areas of the department’s vast collections along with beloved Disney locations — including theme parks and the studio lot — through an engaging, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gleim
CAST:  Don Hahn  •  Kathryn Beaumont  •  Robert A. Iger  •  Kevin Feige
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