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Robert "Bob" Peterson is an American animator, screenwriter, director, and voice actor who works at Pixar Animation Studios.

Early life

Robert Peterson was born in Wooster, Ohio on January 18, 1961. He is one of four children. Growing up, Peterson and his family lived in various places such as Brooklyn, New York and Dover, Ohio.  He began drawing from a very young age and even had his own cartoon strip called “Loco Motive”, but disregarded the possibility of a career in art.

Peterson’s college education began in mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University. During his time at the university, Peterson joined a computer graphics course which introduced him to the world of computer animation. After graduating from Ohio Northern University in 1983, Peterson continued his education at Purdue University; in 1985, he attended a conference where John Lasseter spoke of combining Disney character animation with computer graphics.  Peterson was determined to one day work with Lasseter, but it wasn't until nine years later, in 1994, after earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1986, that Peterson came to work for Pixar.


Year Film Position
1995 Toy Story Additional Animation/Additional Layout Artist
1997 Geri's Game Voice Actor
1998 A Bug's Life Story Artist
1999 Toy Story 2 Story Artist
2001 Monsters, Inc. Story Supervisor/Additional Story Material/Voice Actor
2003 Finding Nemo Screenplay/Voice Actor/Additional Voices
2004 The Incredibles Additional Voices
2009 Up Co-writer/Co-director/Voice Actor
2010 Toy Story 3 Voice Actor/Additional Voices
2015 The Good Dinosaur Writer
2016 Finding Dory Screenplay/Voice Actor
2017 Cars 3 Screenplay/Voice Actor

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