The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences, and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Pete Docter. He wears many hats at Pixar Animation, from director to screenwriter, producer, voice actor and Chief Creative Officer. After winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature for the Pixar hits Up and Inside Out, Docter is in the middle of the race again for directing and co-writing Soul. Growing up in Minnesota as a shy kid whose favorite hobby was creating flip animation in his school notebooks, Docter joined Pixar in 1990 at age 21, starting work for John Lasseter the day after he graduated college. Just the third animator for Pixar, Docter had a hand in many of the studio’s seminal hits including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc., the latter of which marked his directing debut and the first Pixar film not helmed by Lasseter. Inside Out followed and Soul is his third film as director, and third shot at an Oscar. He replaced Lasseter as Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer in 2018.
Watch and see how Docter found his creative mojo.
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