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Film Director, Animator, Screenwriter, Producer and Voice Actor; Director of Pixar's "Inside Out"

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Peter H. Docter was born October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota. His mother, Rita was a music educator and has father, Dave, a retired choral director at Normandale Community College. Pete first gravitated toward animation at the age of eight by creating his own animated flip-books. That experience gave the blossoming artist a deep-seated love of illustration. On family vacations, the family would visit Disneyland and Pete instantly gravitated toward the Enchanted Tiki Room. He re-created the shrine to Hawaiian kitsch in his bedroom with figures made from carved foam rubber, feathers, coconuts, bamboo, palm fronds, doorbell electromagnets and whatever scrap materials he could scrounge from the garage.

After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, Docter spent a year at the University of Minnesota. where he took philosophy classes and a couple of art classes. Docter moved on to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he created several student films including Winter (about a boy who wants to play out in the snow, but once dressed, finds out he can’t move), Palm Springs (about a purple dinosaur named Sigmund, who likes to bounce on top of trees) and Next Door. He won a Student Academy Award for Next Door, a hand-drawn story about an old grump (with a square head) and an annoyingly perky neighborhood girl that sounds like an early draft of Up. The film almost died when half the cels he sent off to be filmed were lost in the mail. Docter laboriously re-drew the missing panels and turned the calamity into a joke. The final credits thank the U.S. Postal Service for misplacing his first draft.

In 1990, at the same time Pete was nearing graduation, Pixar was looking for its third animator (John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton). Lasseter contacted his old friend, Joe Ranft, who was teaching storyboarding at CalArts and Ranft thought Pete would be a good fit. Docter thought he would go to work for Disney, but was pleasantly surprised when Lasseter offered him a job. At a small company, Docter thought he would get his chance to try out many aspects of the filmmaking process and believed in John Lasseter, and his focus on story/characters. Docter was ready to go and even skipped his own graduation to begin work at Pixar.

He served as animator and co-wrote the original story on Toy Story, storyboard artist on A Bug’s Life and co-crafted the original story for the Toy Story 2. In 2001, he turned his attention to Monsters, Inc., for which he conceived the original story and took the director’s chair. Early versions of the storyline featured a 32-year-old man who had monsters show up that only he could see. As the story continued to develop, the adult figure was changed to an innocent young girl. Ultimately the movie is about a friendship between Sulley, a furry eight-foot monster, and a toddler named Boo. It’s also a friendship or “buddy” picture with Sulley and his monster pal Mike Wazowski.

The title Monsters, Inc. was suggested by Joe Grant (early titles included Hidden City and Monsters), the legendary Disney artist/storyman who co-wrote Dumbo and served as story director on the original Fantasia. Docter, a longtime admirer of Grant’s work, would frequently speak to Joe and discuss the project. The movie was a huge box office hit and also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

In 2004, he was asked by John Lasseter to direct the English translation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle which was released by Disney in the U.S in June of 2005.

Also in early 2004, Pete and co-writer Bob Peterson, began playing around with the idea of a grouchy old man who sells balloons which eventually became Up. Pixar’s 10th feature film, tells the story of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, who sets out on the adventure of a lifetime by tying thousands of helium balloons to his house. The only problem is that Carl gains an unexpected traveling partner in 8-year-old Russell, a Wilderness Explorer Scout, whom he finds on his porch after lift off. Together they embark on a journey to remote South America in a quest to find the legendary Paradise Falls. Screenwriter Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent. The Visitor and Win Win) was also brought in to help shape the story.

Up was selected to open the Cannes International Film Festival, marking the first time an animated movie ever received that honor (and the first Disney film ever to be given the Cannes opening night spot). It’s also the first Pixar film to receive the 3D treatment.

As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter also garnered another Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Wall-E.

Pete’s next Pixar film, Inside Out, is due out in June, 2015.

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Pete Docter

Film Director, Animator, Screenwriter, Producer and Voice Actor; Director of Pixar's "Inside Out"

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Pete Docter Biography

Peter H. Docter was born October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota. His mother, Rita was a music educator and has father, Dave, a retired choral director at Normandale Community College. Pete first gravitated toward animation at the age of eight by creating his own animated flip-books. That experience gave the blossoming artist a deep-seated love of illustration. On family vacations, the family would visit Disneyland and Pete instantly gravitated toward the Enchanted Tiki Room. He re-created the shrine to Hawaiian kitsch in his bedroom with figures made from carved foam rubber, feathers, coconuts, bamboo, palm fronds, doorbell electromagnets and whatever scrap materials he could scrounge from the garage.

After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, Docter spent a year at the University of Minnesota. where he took philosophy classes and a couple of art classes. Docter moved on to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he created several student films including Winter (about a boy who wants to play out in the snow, but once dressed, finds out he can’t move), Palm Springs (about a purple dinosaur named Sigmund, who likes to bounce on top of trees) and Next Door. He won a Student Academy Award for Next Door, a hand-drawn story about an old grump (with a square head) and an annoyingly perky neighborhood girl that sounds like an early draft of Up. The film almost died when half the cels he sent off to be filmed were lost in the mail. Docter laboriously re-drew the missing panels and turned the calamity into a joke. The final credits thank the U.S. Postal Service for misplacing his first draft.

In 1990, at the same time Pete was nearing graduation, Pixar was looking for its third animator (John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton). Lasseter contacted his old friend, Joe Ranft, who was teaching storyboarding at CalArts and Ranft thought Pete would be a good fit. Docter thought he would go to work for Disney, but was pleasantly surprised when Lasseter offered him a job. At a small company, Docter thought he would get his chance to try out many aspects of the filmmaking process and believed in John Lasseter, and his focus on story/characters. Docter was ready to go and even skipped his own graduation to begin work at Pixar.

He served as animator and co-wrote the original story on Toy Story, storyboard artist on A Bug’s Life and co-crafted the original story for the Toy Story 2. In 2001, he turned his attention to Monsters, Inc., for which he conceived the original story and took the director’s chair. Early versions of the storyline featured a 32-year-old man who had monsters show up that only he could see. As the story continued to develop, the adult figure was changed to an innocent young girl. Ultimately the movie is about a friendship between Sulley, a furry eight-foot monster, and a toddler named Boo. It’s also a friendship or “buddy” picture with Sulley and his monster pal Mike Wazowski.

The title Monsters, Inc. was suggested by Joe Grant (early titles included Hidden City and Monsters), the legendary Disney artist/storyman who co-wrote Dumbo and served as story director on the original Fantasia. Docter, a longtime admirer of Grant’s work, would frequently speak to Joe and discuss the project. The movie was a huge box office hit and also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

In 2004, he was asked by John Lasseter to direct the English translation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle which was released by Disney in the U.S in June of 2005.

Also in early 2004, Pete and co-writer Bob Peterson, began playing around with the idea of a grouchy old man who sells balloons which eventually became Up. Pixar’s 10th feature film, tells the story of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, who sets out on the adventure of a lifetime by tying thousands of helium balloons to his house. The only problem is that Carl gains an unexpected traveling partner in 8-year-old Russell, a Wilderness Explorer Scout, whom he finds on his porch after lift off. Together they embark on a journey to remote South America in a quest to find the legendary Paradise Falls. Screenwriter Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent. The Visitor and Win Win) was also brought in to help shape the story.

Up was selected to open the Cannes International Film Festival, marking the first time an animated movie ever received that honor (and the first Disney film ever to be given the Cannes opening night spot). It’s also the first Pixar film to receive the 3D treatment.

As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter also garnered another Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Wall-E.

Pete’s next Pixar film, Inside Out, is due out in June, 2015.

Pete Docter Videos

  • Inside Out - Behind the Scenes Interview with Pete Docter - YouTube
  • Pete Docter explains being 'an outsider' and writing it into a Pixar film
  • Annecy 2014 - Pete Docter - Pixar Animation Studios - YouTube

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  • How to book Pete Docter?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Pete Docter for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Pete Docter, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Pete Docter or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Pete Docter?

    Booking fees for Pete Docter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Pete Docter, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Pete Docter?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Pete Docter for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Pete Docter for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Pete Docter or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Pete Docter or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Pete Docter is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Pete Docter for your event is available upon request. Pete Docter generally travels from San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Paul Topolos, Glen Keane, Josh Cooley, Matthew Luhn and Andrew Stanton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Pete Docter for an upcoming event.

Pete Docter Speaker Videos

  • Inside Out - Behind the Scenes Interview with Pete Docter - YouTube
    Pete Docter explains being 'an outsider' and writing it into a Pixar film
  • Annecy 2014 - Pete Docter - Pixar Animation Studios - YouTube
    Director Pete Docter Interview for "Up" Disney/Pixar - YouTube

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