Walt Disney Studios today announced its new creative directors: Jennifer Lee, from Frozen, has been nominated for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pete Docter, from Fun Mind, has been nominated for Pixar Animation Studios. They will be responsible for the creative supervision of all films and associated projects of their respective studios.
“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most talented filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” says Alan Horn, president of Disney. “Pete, the brilliant creative force behind Up, Divertida Mente e Monstros SA, has been an integral part of Pixar since the beginning and is a big part of its industry-leading success.”
He continues: “Jenn, by bringing her audacious vision to the boundary freezer, helped to infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture and values of these renowned animation studios, and I couldn’t be happier to have them to take us into the future. ”
Jennifer Lee joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2011 as co-writer for Detona Ralph, an Oscar nominee. She is the director (with Chris Buck) and screenwriter for Frozen, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and is the highest grossing film ever released. Pete Docter, for his part, is the director and screenwriter of the acclaimed Up and Divertida Mente, which won the Oscar for Best Feature Film, and the winner of Oscar Monstros SA
“I am deeply grateful to everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Company for this opportunity,” said Lee. “Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and is in partnership with my fellow filmmakers, artists and innovators. that we look to the future. My hope is to support the incredible talent we have, find new voices and work together to tell original stories. The great Disney Animation films – the films I loved as a child and my daughter grew up in love – are magical, eternal and full of heart, and our goal is to create films that continue and grow this 95-year legacy. for future generations. ”
“I am excited and humble to be asked to take on this role,” said Docter. “It is not something I take lightly; Making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 28 years ago. I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet and, together, we will continue to push animation in new directions, using the latest technology to tell stories that we hope can surprise and delight audiences worldwide ”.