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Director, Screenwriter, Animator, Screen Story, Storyboard Artist
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One of the most prominent creative forces in the Pixar-led animation renaissance that swept through Hollywood in the 1990s and early- to mid-2000s, Pete Docter first gravitated to 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, and he received a formal education in that arena by attending the character animation college program at Valencia-based CalArts. Docter excelled in that venue and attracted attention for his widely praised student shorts, including Next Door (for which he won the student equivalent of an Academy Award), then after graduation went to work for Disney, the Minneapolis-based Reelworks, Bajus-Jones Film Corporation, and Bob Rogers & Company. Pixar, however, brought about Docter's crowning achievements. He served as animator and screenwriter on 1995's Toy Story, served as storyboard artist on the 1998 A Bug's Life, and authored the screen story for the 1999 Toy Story 2, before authoring the story and co-directing the 2001 Monsters, Inc., for which he also authored the story. In 2009, Docter directed the Pixar feature Up, and his work on the screenplay earned him an Academy Award nomination, and the film itself became the first to be nominated in the same year for Best Animated Feature and Best Picture. In addition to his animation work for Pixar and other studios, Docter did a series of animated advertisements for brands and products, including LifeSavers and Tropicana Fruit Juice. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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