Bob Peterson (filmmaker)

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Peterson in 2015
Robert Peterson

(1961-01-18) January 18, 1961 (age 60)
Wooster, Ohio, U.S.
Education Ohio Northern University, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1983; Purdue University, Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, 1986
OccupationAnimator, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, director, voice actor
Years active1994–present
Employer Pixar Animation Studios (1994–present)

Robert Peterson (born January 18, 1961) is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, director and voice actor who works at Pixar. He was hired at Pixar by Roger Gould in 1994 as an animator for commercials, before subsequently becoming an animator on Toy Story (1995). He was the co-director and co-writer for Up (2009), in which he also voiced the characters Dug and Alpha. His work as a writer on Up and Finding Nemo (2003) have earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was also a co-writer on Cars 3 (2017) and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program for his work on Forky Asks A Question (2020).



Peterson has also voiced characters for various Pixar projects such as Geri in the short Geri's Game (1997), Roz in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013), Mr. Ray in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016), and Dug and Alpha in Up. His most recent vocal work was Roz and Roze in the series Monsters at Work .

He conceived Pixar's The Good Dinosaur (2015) [1] and directed the film until August 2013, when it was announced that he had been dismissed from the project due to story problems. Peterson remains at Pixar, where he is developing another project. [2]

In August 2015, Peterson voiced a dog named Derby for an E:60 profile on ESPN that chronicled the Trenton Thunder's minor league baseball team's tradition of using bat dogs. [3]


Feature films

YearTitle Director Writer Story
Animator Other Voice Role Notes
1995 Toy Story NoNoNoNoNoAdditionalAdditionalNo
1998 A Bug's Life NoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
1999 Toy Story 2 NoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
2001 Monsters, Inc. NoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesRozAdditional Story Material
2003 Finding Nemo NoScreenplayNoNoNoNoNoYesMr. Ray / Pelican / Dolphin [4]
2004 The Incredibles NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesAdditional Voices
2006 Cars NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesWide Chick Pitty
2007 Ratatouille NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesAdditional Story Material
2008 WALL-E NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesSenior Creative Team
2009 Up Co-DirectorYesNoNoNoNoNoYesDug/Alpha
2010 Toy Story 3 NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesJanitor
2011 Cars 2 NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
2012 Brave NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
2013 Monsters University NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesRoz
2015 Inside Out NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesAdditional Dialogue
Senior Creative Team
The Good Dinosaur RemovedStoryNoNoNoNoNoYesOriginal Concept and Development
Additional Production Leadership
Senior Creative Team
2016 Finding Dory NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesMr. Ray / Additional VoicesAdditional Screenplay Material
Senior Creative Team
2017 Cars 3 NoScreenplayNoNoNoNoNoYesChick Hicks/Dr. DamageSenior Creative Team
Coco NoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
2018 Incredibles 2 NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
2019 Toy Story 4 NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesAdditional Voices
2020 Onward NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Soul NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesAdditional Story Contributions
Senior Creative Team
2021 Luca NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
2022Turning Red [5] NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesSenior Creative Team
Lightyear [6] NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes

Short films

YearTitle Director Writer Other Voice Role Notes
1997 Geri's Game NoNoYesGeri
2003 Exploring the Reef NoYesNo
2008 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales NoNoYesAdditional VoicesEpisodes 1-4
2009 Dug's Special Mission NoYesYesAlpha/Dug
George and A.J. NoNoYesDugSpecial Thanks
2016Marine Life InterviewsNoYesNo
2017Miss Fritter's Racing SkooolNoNoYesDr. Damage
2019-20 Forky Asks a Question YesYesYesVoice Over Announcer Disney+ Original Short Films
2021 Dug Days [7] YesYesYesDug
2022Untitled Cars SeriesNoNoYes [8]


YearTitle Voice Role Notes
2021 Monsters at Work Roz, Roze, Bob Peterson [9] Creative Consultant [10]

Video games

YearTitle Voice Role
2001Monsters, Inc. Scream Team TrainingRoz
Monsters, Inc. Scream Team
2002 Monsters, Inc.
2003 Finding Nemo Mr. Ray/Krill
2009 Up Dug/Alpha/Newsreel Announcer
2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Dug

Other credits

2000 For the Birds Thanks
2008 Presto Special Thanks
2009TracyTerry Cane
2011 Toy Story Toons: Small Fry Special Thanks
2017 Lou
2019 Purl Kristen Lester's Story Trust
2020Lamp Life [11] Special Thanks

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