Pete Docter


Pixar’s Pete Docter on his ‘love-hate relationship’ with the genius of Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the great film-makers of our time. And I don’t mean just within the medium of animation – he is a great film-maker, period. His films are small miracles, full of insight and imagination. His stories teem with strange characters and inexplicable events, yet somehow make perfect sense. They take us to the most far-out fantasy worlds imaginable but are also beautifully observed slices of real life. And when you consider that he is quite literally creating everything you see on screen with his pencil, it’s clear why many of us in animation have a sort of love-hate relationship with this man.
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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.
Hollywood Reporter

'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.

Peering Into Pixar Boss Pete Docter’s Soul

When I finally get Pete Docter on the phone from his Bay Area home, I tell him that in order to prep for my call with the most important person in animation—not only is Docter the acclaimed director of Pixar’s Up, Inside Out, and most recently, Soul, but in 2018 he was named the company’s chief creative officer—that I spoke to his parents for an hour.
Roger Ebert

Video: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers and Dana Murray on their PGA Award-Winning Animated Film, Soul

Pete Docter, the two-time Oscar-winning director of the beloved Pixar features "Up" and "Inside Out," joined his co-writer/director Kemp Powers ("One Night in Miami") and producer Dana Murray ("Brave") in chatting with me via Zoom about their Oscar-nominated animated film, "Soul," which just won the Producers Guild Award for Best Animated Film. The conversation was held as part of the Mill Valley Deadline Contenders series a month after the film premiered on Disney+. Our conversation was freewheeling, addressing issues of whether death is the new frontier, how you thread the needle to make a film about the afterlife that is appropriate and relevant to both children and adults, why having the first African-American director at Pixar resulted in a richer, more layered animation experience and many other issues. "Soul" is an exhilarating achievement, including its use of jazz music and Jon Batiste's input.

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.)