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Pete Docter talks ‘Soul’ Inspiration for 3rd Oscar Win

Pete Docter talks ‘Soul’ Inspiration for 3rd Oscar Win. Pete Docter and Dana Murray accepted the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for ‘Soul’ at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards, but for Docter this wasn’t his first. He has won in this category three times, including ‘Up’ (2009) and ‘Inside Out’ (2015).
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Pixar Exec Pete Docter Shares Thoughts on Soul and Luca's Disney+ Releases

The past year has brought some major changes to the world of blockbuster movies, as the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in a lot of the conventional theatrical experience. As studios have learned to adapt to the changing marketplace, a number of major titles have found their way to streaming services, including two recent releases from Pixar. After the studio's Soul was released free for subscribers on Disney+ last Christmas, the streaming service confirmed that the upcoming film Luca would also be released on that platform, instead of as a theatrical release. That decision definitely surprised many in the industry — and Pixar Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter recently spoke about the decision in an interview with DiscussingFilm.
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Pete Docter ('Soul')

Pete Docter is the most powerful figure in the world of animation and, in the words of The New York Times, one of "the most important people in Hollywood." For the last 31 years, he has worked at Pixar Animation Studios, where he was just the tenth employee and third animator on the payroll, and quickly became part of the company’s "brain trust." Today, he is its chief creative officer.
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Having a good cry with Pixar's Pete Docter

What are we doing with our lives? Are we making the most of our time? If we define ourselves by our work, what happens to our identity when that changes ... or goes away?. During the past year of lockdown and isolation, we've had more time than ever to ponder these existential questions. And if you saw the latest Pixar movie, "Soul," a surreal journey that examines life after death, life before death and the choices we make in between, you may have come away thinking that this gentle, joyful and profoundly curious movie arrived at a most serendipitous time. (The movie earned three Oscar nominations, including animated feature.)
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Pete Docter Sets Animated Feature Category Record With ‘Soul’ Nomination

Soul director Pete Docter earned his fourth nomination for best animated feature, a record for the category, which was first awarded in 2002. He won the category twice, for Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015), and was additionally nominated for 2001’s Monsters, Inc. in the category’s debut year. Docter has nine Oscar nominations in total, also having earned screenplay noms for Toy Story, Wall-E, Up and Inside Out. He was nominated in the animated short category for Mike’s New Car.
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Awards Spotlight: How Pixar’s Pete Docter Found ‘Soul’ — Watch

I first met “Soul” director Pete Docter back in 1995 at the original Pixar offices in Richmond, Calif., to talk about their first CG feature, “Toy Story.” The lanky young animation supervisor showed me how he could use a computer to animate Woody. CG animation has come a long way...
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Pete Docter interview: ‘Soul’ director

The idea of shaping “Soul” around jazz music was always a very personal one for the film’s director, Pete Docter. “I grew up loving and playing jazz myself. Jazz became such a central theme, not only on a sort of cosmetic level but also deep symbolism,” he tells Gold Derby in our Meet the Experts: Film Animation panel (watch above). He specifically recounts a story of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis playing a concert together. Hancock played some wrong notes but Davis ended up adjusting his own notes and ended up making the misplayed chords work. That lesson of taking anything that happens and turning it into something of value stood out for Docter. “When we heard that story, we were just like that is exactly what we are trying to say in the film. We don’t control where were born or what circumstances fall to us but we can do something beautiful with it.”
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Animation Panel: Will Becher, Joel Crawford, Pete Docter, Glen Keane

The animated stories that are brought to life by Joel Crawford (“The Croods: A New Age”), Glen Keane (“Over the Moon”), Will Becher (“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”) and Pete Docter (“Soul”) are made in ways that are gorgeous and all have aspects that will surely wow audiences. It wouldn’t be going too far to say that the images seen in these films could serve as an inspiration for some of their viewers to pursue a career in animated filmmaking. But that does raise the question of what animated pieces inspired these filmmakers to pursue their dream of working in the field? We asked the directors from DreamWorks, Netflix, Aardman and Pixar about the films that shaped their lives plus other topics during our recent “Meet the Experts” panel, which you can watch above. Click on each person’s name above to be taken to their individual interview.
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‘Soul’ director Pete Docter explains how jazz helped shape the spirit of the film and not just the plot [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

The idea of shaping “Soul” around jazz music was always a very personal one for the film’s director, Pete Docter. “I grew up loving and playing jazz myself. Jazz became such a central theme, not only on a sort of cosmetic level but also deep symbolism,” he tells Gold Derby in our Meet the Experts: Film Animation panel (watch above). He specifically recounts a story of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis playing a concert together. Hancock played some wrong notes but Davis ended up adjusting his own notes and ended up making the misplayed chords work. That lesson of taking anything that happens and turning it into something of value stood out for Docter. “When we heard that story, we were just like that is exactly what we are trying to say in the film. We don’t control where were born or what circumstances fall to us but we can do something beautiful with it.”
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‘Soul’ Directors Pete Docter And Kemp Powers On Bringing Authentic Life To Pixar’s First Black Lead Character & The Importance Of Having Difficult Conversations

On Pixar’s latest Oscar-contending feature Soul, writer/director Pete Docter grappled with worlds both real and imaginary, looking to bring each to life with the same level of care, thought and meticulous detail. Contemplating the origins of human personalities, the film centers on Joe, a middle school band teacher with dreams...