Bob Peterson (filmmaker)

Bob Peterson

Peterson in 2015
Born Robert Peterson
(1961-01-18) January 18, 1961
Wooster, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Dover High School
Alma mater Ohio Northern University
Occupation Screenwriter, animator, voice actor, storyboard supervisor
Years active 1994-present

Robert "Bob" Peterson (born January 18, 1961) is an American animator, screenwriter, and voice actor who works at Pixar Animation Studios. 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 for Up (2009), in which he also voiced the characters Dug and Alpha.

Early life

Peterson was born in Wooster, Ohio on January 18, 1961. His family moved to Dover, Ohio, where he graduated from Dover High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1986. While attending Purdue, he wrote and illustrated the comic strip Loco Motives for the Purdue Exponent. Prior to coming to Pixar, Peterson worked at Wavefront Technologies and Rezn8 Productions.


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

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]


Year Title Co-director Writer Animator Storyboard
Actor Role Notes
1995 Toy Story Yes Yes
1997 Geri's Game Yes Geri Short film
1998 A Bug's Life Yes Yes
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes Yes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Yes Yes Roz
2003 Finding Nemo Yes Yes Mr. Ray
Exploring the Reef Yes Documentary film
2004 The Incredibles Yes Additional voices
2006 Cars Yes
2007 Ratatouille Yes
2009 Up Yes Yes Yes Yes Dug
Dug's Special Mission Yes Yes
George & A.J. Yes Dug Short film, special thanks
2010 Toy Story 3 Yes Janitor
2013 Monsters University Yes Roz
2015 Inside Out Yes Additional screenplay material (with Bill Hader and Amy Poehler)
The Good Dinosaur[4] Yes original concept and development
2016 Finding Dory Yes[5] Yes Mr. Ray Additional screenplay material / Additional Voices


  1. "BREAKING NEWS: Pixar announces two new movies". The Pixar Blog. August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  2. Keegan, Rebecca (August 30, 2013). "Pixar Animation yanks director Bob Peterson off 'The Good Dinosaur'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  3. Kreiswirth, Carrie (August 12, 2015). "On deck: E:60 profiles family circle of baseball team's 'bat dogs'". ESPN Front Row. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  4. "CinemaCon: Pixar Sets 3 Original Toons; Disney Makes 'Muppets 2′". Deadline. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  5. Teodorczuk, Tom (October 23, 2015). "The Good Dinosaur: Peter Sohn on taking over as director from Bob Peterson and changing the entire story". The Independent. Retrieved October 25, 2015.

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