Every film is different, but there’s always some hook that gets you into the project. On Monsters it was the thought that maybe monsters are real, and that they scare kids for a living — it’s their job. That simple premise lead to everything else. On UP it was a combo of doing something with a grouchy old man character (which just seemed fun) and my own feelings of wanting to escape the world. Nobody warned me that as a director basically all I do is run around and talk to people all day, and I’m not an extrovert… so by the end of the day I usually wanted to crawl under my desk. That feeling of getting away from the world lead to the story of UP. On my next film, it all started with— oops, I’m not supposed to talk about that one yet.Pete Docter
Yeah, MU is turning really well — it looks fantastic and is really funny. The kid who did the voice of Boo was Mary Gibbs — daughter of Rob Gibbs who was a story artist on the film (he’s since directed a bunch of Cars shorts too — very talented guy). Mary was too young to understand what we wanted her to do, so we had to trick her into stuff by playing games, jumping & running around, talking to puppets…. Later I used the same tricks working with Ed Asner. (Ha!)Director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) is doing a Reddit AMA right now. Head over and ask away. (via disneypixar)
I like Buzz, because I’m delusional.Pete Docter
Pete Docter will be answering questions on Reddit this upcoming Wednesday at 1:30 pm EST!
You can’t hold on to anything too tight, but you have to hold it tight enough so that it doesn’t drift away.Pete Docter, on ideas (via disneypixar)