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Also Known As: Robert Peterson Died:
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Birth Place: Wooster, Ohio, USA Profession: animator, voice actor, director, screenwriter

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Bob Peterson cut his teeth as an animator on Pixar's groundbreaking computer-animated blockbuster "Toy Story" (1995), going on to become a major contributor to the cutting-edge move house's award-laden fare; most notably as co-director on the much-lauded 2009 feature, "Up." An early aficionado of and creator of cartoons, both strip and animation, Peterson came to Hollywood (at least figuratively), via the most technical route, working in the late 1980s and early 1990s for companies developing software and computer-generated image (CGI) technology, such as the pioneering Wavefront Technologies. Landing with Pixar in 1994, he would become increasingly pivotal in the creation of the shop's feature film releases, serving as story supervisor on colleague Pete Docter's directorial debut, "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and as one of the screenwriters on 2003's "Finding Nemo," the screenplay of which netted him an Oscar nomination, even as the movie took the statue for Best Animated Film. His and Docter's collaborative project "Up," an adventure comedy featuring an improbable 78-year-old hero, would bring him back into contention for a raft of awards, becoming one of the best-reviewed pictures of the year. Along...

Bob Peterson cut his teeth as an animator on Pixar's groundbreaking computer-animated blockbuster "Toy Story" (1995), going on to become a major contributor to the cutting-edge move house's award-laden fare; most notably as co-director on the much-lauded 2009 feature, "Up." An early aficionado of and creator of cartoons, both strip and animation, Peterson came to Hollywood (at least figuratively), via the most technical route, working in the late 1980s and early 1990s for companies developing software and computer-generated image (CGI) technology, such as the pioneering Wavefront Technologies. Landing with Pixar in 1994, he would become increasingly pivotal in the creation of the shop's feature film releases, serving as story supervisor on colleague Pete Docter's directorial debut, "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and as one of the screenwriters on 2003's "Finding Nemo," the screenplay of which netted him an Oscar nomination, even as the movie took the statue for Best Animated Film. His and Docter's collaborative project "Up," an adventure comedy featuring an improbable 78-year-old hero, would bring him back into contention for a raft of awards, becoming one of the best-reviewed pictures of the year. Along the way, he added side-work as a voiceover actor in a number of Pixar productions; most prominently in "Up" as Dug, a lovably dotty canine. For a Midwestern boy who once dreamed of working for Disney, Peterson fulfilled that and more, rising to integral player in the most eye-popping and critically lauded animated entertainment of its time.

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  Up (2009)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monsters University (2013) Roz
2.
 Up (2009)
3.
 Cars (2006)
4.
 Make a Wish (2004)
5.
 The Incredibles (2004)
6.
 Finding Nemo (2003) Mr. Ray/Additional voice
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 Monsters, Inc. (2001) Voice Of Roz
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Wrote and illustrated the comic strip <i>Loco Motives</i>, while in graduate school
1994:
Hired by Pixar Animation Studios
1995:
Worked as a layout artist and animator on the Pixar feature, "Toy Story"
1998:
Worked as a story artist on the animated feature, "A Bug's Life"
2001:
Was a story artist for the animated sequel, "Toy Story 2"
2001:
Voiced Roz for the Pixar animated feature, "Monsters, Inc."; also was a story supervisor
2003:
First screenwriting credit, "Finding Nemo"; also voiced Mr. Ray; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
2004:
Lent his voice to the animated feature, "The Incredibles"
2007:
Returned to voice Mr. Ray for "Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage"
2007:
Provided additional story material for "Ratatouille"
2008:
Played the part of Terry Cane a puppeteer in Dan Scanlon's debut feature, "Tracy"
2009:
Co-directed and co-wrote (with Pete Doctor) the animated feature, "Up"; also voiced Dug and Alpha; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay
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Education

Ohio Northern University: Ada , Ohio -
Purdue University: West Lafayette , Indiana - 1986

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