Pete Docter (Letters from the Past)

8 July, 2020

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The director from the best animation studio on the planet


Many of you must have seen the 2009 movie, Up and Inside out The director of the movie, Pete Docter is an award-winning animation director. He worked for Pixar films and was hugely admired. A young man and an amateur filmmaker, Adam wrote to him with a desire to work for the Pixar studio in the future. And months later, as a cute surprise, he received this handwritten note. The letter was written on October 17, 2008. 




Hey Adam!


First off, let me apologize for taking so long to respond to your very kind letter. Things are pretty nuts around here. You had asked for an autographed photo of me; I don’t really have anything like that, not being famous. But here is a drawing of me for you.




I’m sure you can see the resemblance.


You are sure right about the importance of a good story in movies. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of work (and rework, and rework and rework) to get it right. And even then quite often we’re not 100% pleased.


As John Lasseter likes to say, our films don’t get finished, they just get released.


Hope you enjoy “UP” next year!


Pete Docter