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Pixar's "Up" Director Pete Docter & Producer Jonas Rivera

A new animated film is hitting theaters nationwide at the end of the month. The PIXAR movie is called "UP," and it's expected to thrill both young and old. Joining us on May 4, 2009 were the two masterminds behind the movie: Producer Jonus Rivera and Director Pete Docter.

Pete Docter has carved out an illustrious career as one Pixar Animation Studios' most prodigious talents. Joining the studio in 1990, he began by animating and directing a variety of Pixar-produced commercials for Tropicana Fruit Juice, Tetra-Pak drink box recycling, and Lifesavers.

Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for Toy Story, Pixar's first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He was a storyboard artist on A Bug's Life, and wrote the initial story treatment for Toy Story 2.

Docter made his debut as a director on Monsters, Inc. which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. As one of Pixar Animation Studios' key creative contributors, Docter garnered another Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney*Pixar's Oscar winning WALL*E.

Docter directed Disney/Pixar's upcoming feature film "Up," scheduled to release May 29, 2009.

Prior to joining Pixar, Docter worked as an animator for The Walt Disney Company, Bob Rogers and Company, Bajus-Jones Film Corporation and Reelworks in Minneapolis. Docter's interest in animation began at the age of eight when he created his first flipbook. He studied character animation at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Valencia, California, where he produced a variety of films including Winter, Palm Springs, and the Student Academy Award-winning Next Door.


Jonas Rivera joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as a production office assistant on the studio's first feature film, Toy Story. Working on almost every Pixar feature film to date, Rivera's ability and expertise has enabled him to advance in his role on each of the studio's subsequent productions.

Progressing to art department coordinator for A Bug's Life, Rivera then served as a marketing and creative resources coordinator for Toy Story 2. His heart always in the art and creativity of filmmaking, Rivera returned to the art department, this time as a manager, on Monsters, Inc.

Rivera then went on to serve as production manager on Pixar's Golden Globe winning feature, Cars. Currently, Rivera is producing the upcoming Disney*Pixar feature film Up, scheduled for release May 29, 2009.

For as long as he can remember, Jonas Rivera has always loved films, particularly animated ones. His first childhood memories consist of the Tiki Room at Disneyland and going to the theater to see films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Star Wars. Inspired at a very young age, Rivera was enthralled with the medium of filmmaking and dreamed of making films himself someday.

Prior to Pixar, Rivera's diverse professional background includes working in music stores, toy stores and playing in hard rock bands - what he jokingly refers to as 'the perfect training for working at Pixar.'

A Bay Area native, Rivera grew up in Castro Valley and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Film Production. He currently lives in Oakland with his wife and their children.

You can visit the movie's website at: http://www.pixar.com/featurefilms/up/

Click here to see a video of the interview






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