If you look in the credits of several {{Pixar}} {{film}}s, you might start to notice a pattern: namely, how some of the same crew or cast members keep appearing. Listed here are some of the recurring directors, writers, and other notable people behind some of the best [[strike:[=CGI=]]] {{film}}s ever made.

!!Directors, Co-Directors, and Writers

'''John Lasseter'''

John Lasseter has been with Pixar since the early days at Lucasfilm. Originally a {{Disney}} animator, Lasseter was inspired by ''Film/{{Tron}}'' to try to make a computer-animated feature film, but was fired while trying to adapt Thomas M. Disch's novella ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' (which was distributed by Disney but made by independent company Hyperion). At Lucasfilm, he created its first four short films, including his most famous short, ''Luxo, Jr.'' He also directed Pixar's first feature film, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', for which he got a Special Achievement Award at the Oscars. After ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', he stuck to executive producing Pixar's films for a while, though he still provided creative input into the companies' films. He returned to directing with the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', which, despite performing weaker and not being as well received as the other Pixar films, still got more good reviews than most other animated films that year and made a [[IncrediblyLamePun truckload]] of money, particularly through merchandising. His latest directorial effort, ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'', proved an artistic debacle that shattered the near spotless artistic reputation of the company such as leading to Pixar being shut out of contention for that year's Best Animated Feature Oscar for the first time in the award's history.

John's eye for quality is no doubt the reason why, when {{Disney}} merged with {{Pixar}} back in 2006, he was not only made Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar ''and'' Disney Feature Animation, but also Principal Creative Advisor for Disney's Imagineering department, meaning he even has creative say in theme park rides. While his decisions at Disney did cause a bit of behind-the-scenes drama (his insistence on changes for ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' led director Chris Sanders (of ''LiloAndStitch'') to leave the company), general consensus is that he's doing the studio a ''huge'' favor. After becoming Chief Creative Officer, he cancelled all of the Disney sequels in production and greenlighted ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Lasseter has since opted for [=DisneyToon=] Studios to produce more original properties and spinoffs, such as the ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies Tinker Bell]]'' films and the upcoming spinoff from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', titled ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''. Somewhat ironically, the hope for Disney to continue creating traditionally animated feature films largely lies with him; despite playing a large part in computer animation becoming more dominant, he's expressed interest in bringing 2D animation back.

He is also a good friend of famed {{anime}} director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, and has overseen the English dubbing of some of his films.

Shorts and features he's directed:
* ''[[PixarShorts The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.]]'' (1984)
* ''[[PixarShorts Luxo, Jr.]]'' (1986)
* ''[[PixarShorts Red's Dream]]'' (1987)
* ''[[PixarShorts Tin Toy]]'' (1988)
* ''[[PixarShorts Knick Knack]]'' (1989)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)
* ''[[PixarShorts Mater and the Ghostlight]]'' (2006)
* ''[[PixarShorts Tokyo Mater]]'' (2008)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' (2011)

He also served as executive producer for both ''PrincessAndTheFrog'' and the recent ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie. ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'', incidentally, currently has a [[RottenTomatoes Tomatometer]] rating of 90% so don't think he's lost his touch yet.

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'''Andrew Stanton'''

Andrew Stanton joined Pixar in 1990, after briefly working on the 1980s ''MightyMouse'' cartoon. He worked as a writer for the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films, ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'', and ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (which he also co-directed) before directing ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. For the next few years, he worked on his next film as a director, ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}''. Like ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' was a critical and financial success. Also like ''[[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo Nemo]]'', it ranks as one of Pixar's most... er... ''[[TearJerker emotional]]'' films, so tissues are highly recommended.

Like other Pixar crew members, Andrew Stanton has provided voice work for many Pixar productions. He most notably voiced Crush the turtle in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and [[EvilOverlord Zurg]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2.''

His first live-action project was the LiveActionAdaptation of ''JohnCarterOfMars'' for {{Disney}}. Expect this to have destroyed his ProtectionFromEditors. He is currently signed on to direct the ''Finding Nemo'' sequel ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', which will be released in 2016.

Shorts and features he's directed/written:
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (screenwriter, 1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (co-director/writer, 1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (screenwriter, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' (screenwriter, 2001)
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/JohnCarter'' (2012)

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'''Pete Docter'''

As of this writing, Pete Docter has directed two feature-length films, his most recent being the 2009 release ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Docter has worked on the scripts for the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films and ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'', but he is most famous for directing ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.''. He was also picked by John Lasseter to take care of the English dub of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' while Lasseter was busy working on ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. He is currently hard at work directing ''Inside Out'', which will be releases in the summer of 2015.

Shorts and features he's directed/written:
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (screenwriter, 1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (screenwriter, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' (director, 2001)
* ''[[PixarShorts Mike's New Car]]'' (director, 2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' (screenwriter, 2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (director, 2009)

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'''Creator/BradBird'''

One of Lasseter's old friends at Cal Arts, where they were in the same character animation class in Room A113. A latecomer to Pixar, Bird already had some directing experience before coming on board. His most notable pre-{{Pixar}} works are the "Family Dog" episode of ''Series/AmazingStories'' and the 1999 Warner Bros film ''TheIronGiant''. He also worked on ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' (1982), a dark and gritty British animated film based on the sequel to ''WatershipDown''; co-wrote Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/BatteriesNotIncluded''; and directed two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (both centered around Krusty the Clown), as well as the music video for ''Do the Bartman''.

After the financial failure of ''Giant'', Bird moved on to Creator/{{Pixar}}, where he pitched a little idea he had for a feature film about superheroes. ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' became a huge hit, and [[Creator/BradBird Brad]] was later asked to take over the then-in-production film ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' after the original director, Jan Pinkava, was unable to bring it to a satisfying conclusion. While ''Ratatouille'' wasn't as big a financial success, it still did very well at the box office and with the critics.

As well as directing, Creator/BradBird sometimes does a little voice work for his films. You may remember him as the voice of the [[LargeHam scene-stealing Edna Mode]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

Currently, he is working on a live-action film titled ''1906'', jointly produced by {{Disney}}, {{Pixar}}, and (you read that right) Disney's old rival WarnerBros, which centers around the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. This project may be on hold, however, due to his directing ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''.

He has also famously threatened, from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' DVDCommentary, [[BerserkButton to punch out the next person who calls animation a "genre"]], as he believes it is a medium that can tell any kind of story, instead of just one thing.

Shorts and features he's directed:
* ''Series/AmazingStories'': "Family Dog" episode (1987)
* ''TheIronGiant'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (2004)
* ''[[PixarShorts Jack-Jack Attack]]'' (2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (2011)
* ''1906'' (unknown)

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'''Lee Unkrich'''

Lee Unkrich has co-directed and edited films since he joined the team in 1994. Originally an editor on ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' and ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', he's co-directed three other {{Pixar}} films. His first directing project was ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. He is also quite fond of {{Twitter}} and spent the first few days after ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'''s release reading through fans' tweets and reviews that were sent to him, in many cases [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming replying to them individually thanking them for the support]]. You can follow him [[http://www.twitter.com/leeunkrich here.]]

Oh, and [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys he really likes monkeys]]. And ''Film/TheShining'', imagine that.

Films he's directed:
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (co-director, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' (co-director, 2001)
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (co-director, 2003)
* ''Toy Story 3'' (2010)

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'''Gary Rydstrom'''

Gary Rydstrom is probably most famous for his sound design work on films like ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', and ''SavingPrivateRyan''. His first work for {{Pixar}}, in fact, was the sound design for the first five PixarShorts directed by John Lasseter. He then became the go-to guy for sound design and mixing from the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' movie to ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. He made his directorial debut with the theatrical short ''Lifted''. Outside of Pixar, he has directed the English dubs of two StudioGhibli films: TalesFromEarthsea and TheBorrowerArrietty (North American Dub).

Shorts and features he's directed:
* ''[[PixarShorts Lifted]]'' (2006)

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'''Joe Ranft''' (1960-2005)

Joe Ranft worked on scripts and storyboards for many animated films, both {{Pixar}} and non-Pixar. After doing story work on ''TheBraveLittleToaster'', Ranft worked on several {{Disney}} films, from ''OliverAndCompany'' to ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' to ''Disney/TheLionKing''. He joined {{Pixar}} in 1992, and did story work on ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (the most famous scene he storyboarded being the "Army Men" scene in that film). Ranft went on to write and storyboard other animated films, including most of Pixar's, and also voiced a few characters in several films, including Heimlich the caterpillar in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', Wheezy the penguin in ''Toy Story 2'', and Jacques the shrimp in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. He was later made co-director of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.

Sadly, Joe Ranft died in a car crash in August of 2005 and those who knew him were struck hard. Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (which he helped produce) are dedicated to his memory. Henry Selick put his caricature into the design of one of the Ranft brother characters, moving furniture, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.

Films he wrote/directed:
* ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' (screenwriter, 1987)
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (story, 1988)
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (story, 1989)
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' (screenwriter, 1990)
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (story, 1991)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' (story, 1993)
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (story, 1994)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (story, 1995)
* ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' (story, 1996)
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (story, 1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (story, 1999)
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' (story, 2000)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' (story, 2001)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (writer/co-director, 2006)

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'''Bob Peterson'''

Bob Peterson has mainly worked on storyboards and scripts for Pixar. Originally an animator on ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', he moved on to do story work on ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' and ''Toy Story 2''. He then became a co-writer on the script for ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', and worked on the story for ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. He was the co-director of the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', and provided the voices of Roz in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'', Mr. Ray in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and Dug in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''.

He will make his feature directorial debut with the upcoming ''The Good Dinosaur''.

Films he's written/directed:
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (story, 1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (story, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (co-writer, 2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (story, 2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (co-director, 2009)

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'''Mark Andrews'''

Films he's directed:
* ''[[PixarShorts One Man Band]]'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' (2012)

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'''Brenda Chapman'''

Films she wrote/directed:
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (story, 1991)
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (story supervisor, 1994)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' (director, 1998)
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'' (story, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' (director, 2012)

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'''Dan Scanlon'''

Films he's directed:
* ''[[PixarShorts Mater and the Ghostlight]]'' (co-director, 2006)
* ''{{Tracy}}'' (2009) (Amateur mockumentary, available through his [[http://www.funnyordie.com/dscanlon Funny Or Die]] account)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' (2013)

!!Composers

'''Music/RandyNewman'''

RandyNewman was, of course, already a well-established singer, songwriter, and composer by the time he was hired to work on the score for ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (despite the skepticism of {{Disney}} executives). Since then, he's done the score for five {{Pixar}} {{film}}s, and he can thank the studio - or, more specifically, ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' - for finally getting him an Oscar in 2002 (for Best Song) after being nominated ''fifteen times''. He's also responsible for probably the most [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] song in the Pixar {{canon}}: "When She Loved Me ([[AffirmativeActionGirl Jessie's]] Song)" from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''.

{{Pixar}} features and shorts he's written and performed music for:
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' (2001)
* ''[[PixarShorts Mike's New Car]]'' (2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' (2010)

RandyNewman also composed the music for the Lasseter-produced ''PrincessAndTheFrog'', the 49th film in the DisneyAnimatedCanon.

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'''Thomas Newman'''

Like his cousin, Randy, Thomas Newman already had experience as a composer before he was hired by {{Pixar}}. He was first hired to write the score for ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', which he got an Oscar nod for. Perhaps not so coincidentally, his second work for Pixar was another Andrew Stanton film, ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}''.

Pixar features he's written music for:
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' (2008)

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'''Michael Giacchino'''

Michael Giacchino was a fairly unknown composer for video games and TV shows when Brad Bird asked him to do the score for ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. The jazzy, James Bond-esque score won him two Grammy nominations, and his later score for ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' got him his first Oscar nomination. ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' won Best Original Score. Even as he gets more work in feature film scores, he's still writing music for Pixar films and shorts.

Pixar features and shorts he's written music for:

* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (2004)
* ''[[PixarShorts One Man Band]]'' (2005)
* ''[[PixarShorts Lifted]]'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (2009)
* ''[[PixarShorts Partly Cloudy]]'' (2009)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' (2011)

!!Voice Actors

'''John Ratzenberger'''

Of course, this page would not be complete without Pixar's "lucky charm", John Ratzenberger, who has done a voice for ''every single feature film'' Pixar has made. Many may know him as Cliff from ''{{Cheers}}'', and it was this role that resulted in him being cast for ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Since then, he's always had a role, however minor, in every feature produced at the studio, to the point where Andrew Stanton just decided to [[TheDanza name Ratzenberger's role after him]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'', and the practice was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a credits sequence in ''Cars''.

The characters he's voiced include:

* Hamm, the piggy bank (the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films)
* P.T. Flea (''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'')
* The Abominable Snowman (''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'')
* The school of Moonfish (''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'')
* The Underminer (''TheIncredibles'')
* Mack (the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' films)
* Mustafa, the waiter at Gusteau's (''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'')
* John (''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'')
* Tom, the Foreman of the construction work around Carl's house (''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'')
* Gordon, the Guard (''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'')

He was also cast as Ani-yaku (Assistant Manger) in Disney's English dub of ''SpiritedAway''.

!!Behind the Scenes

'''Ed Catmull'''

Ed Catmull was recruited by GeorgeLucas in 1979 to head up a group to bring computer graphics and digital editing to film. There, he developed digital image compositing technology for blending multiple images and computer-graphics algorithms such as the Catmull-Rom spline and the Catmull–Clark subdivision surface. When Steve Jobs bought Lucasarts' digital division and founded Pixar, Catmull was appointed Chief Technical Officer, where he was a key developer of Pixar's [=RenderMan=] film rendering system.

Ed currently serves as president of both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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'''Creator/SteveJobs''' (1955-2011)

After he was fired from {{Apple|Macintosh}} and founded [=NeXT=], Steve Jobs bought Pixar off of [[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucasfilm]] in 1986 for $10 million, largely on the strength of John Lasseter's belief in the future of computer animation. Jobs continued to pour money into Pixar even as it failed to profit as a medical imaging software company, and allowed it to find its footing producing computer-animated commercials. Jobs' tenacity was ultimately vindicated by the subsequent success of Pixar, and he was the largest shareholder in both Disney and Pixar, with 7% of the shares.

WordOfGod is that Steve Jobs was fairly hands-on during the production of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', holding daily reviews and making suggestions to John Lasseter, which resulted in Jobs being credited as "Producer". After ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', Jobs tended to be more of a hands-off leader who trusted the Pixar staff to guide things -- though he did intercede from time to time, such as the renegotiation of distribution agreements with Disney, and the design of Pixar's expanded Emeryville studio.

Sadly, Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.

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'''Darla K. Anderson'''

Producer of ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', and several PixarShorts, Darla has also received special thanks for her involvement with almost every other Pixar project, starting from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' onward. Currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the highest average gross per movie for a producer ($221 million per movie) though given the company she works for that's hardly surprising. The character of [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo Darla]] was named after her by Stanton as revenge for all the practical jokes she's played on him.

Recently appeared in a [[TearJerker tear-jerkingly]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesomely]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a4MR8oI_B8 video for the It Gets Better project]], where she and other gay members of the Pixar family offered words of encouragement to gay teens and by extension just about anyone who feels like they've been DrivenToSuicide.

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'''Bud Luckey'''

John Lasseter calls him "the true unsung hero of animation", so Bud Luckey may not be as new a name as many would think. You seen that "10 Tiny Turtles" hand-drawn sequence featured in the earlier episodes of ''Series/SesameStreet''? That's his animation. Now, his low, elderly, but comforting voice allows him to be a returning voice actor and employee of Pixar. He was a character designer there from the beginning, on ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', where he originated Woody's look. They eventually gave him the opportunity to produce the short "Boundin'", which he composed, wrote, sung, voiced, designed, storyboarded, and directed all himself, and is inspired by his Montana upbringing and the myths that came with it. He also illustrated over 100 children's books.

Pixar titles he was involved with:
* character designer on all Pixar films
* produced and directed the short "Boundin'"
* Voice of Rick Dicker in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' and the short "Jack Jack Attack"
* Voice of Chuckles the clown doll in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''

He voices Eeyore in the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney canon]] film ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in 2011.