Pete Docter is photographed on May 5, 2015 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)
Pete Docter at Pixar Animation Studios. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Pete Docter (Peter Hans Docter) was born August 10, 1968 and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb about ten miles south of downtown Minneapolis. He graduated from Kennedy High School in Bloomington, MN.

During his high school days Docter (not “Doctor”) developed a strong interest in animation while he worked at a local animation studio by the name of Bajus-Jones in Edina, MN. Pete went on to attend college at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, CA, a private college devoted to the arts, with a very strong animation curriculum which was founded by Walt Disney.

Pete’s student work was highly regarded at CalArts, and at the age of 21 he was recruited by a former CalArts student, John Lasseter, the creative force behind Pixar. Pete was only the third animator the company had hired in its early days. He was part of the core team that created the story lines behind Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., and Up.  He was also the Director of “Monsters, Inc” and wrote “Wall-E.”

In 1995 he received a Oscar nomination for his screenplay work on Toy Story, along with fellow writers Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft.

In 2009 Docter (not Doctor) received the Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award (Oscar) for the film “Up”. In 2016 he received the same award, Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award (Oscar) for the film “Inside Out” (2015). He was a co-Writer and co-Director on both of these films.