If you look in the credits of several Creator/{{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 Creator/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' (which was distributed by Disney but made by independent company Hyperion). At Lucasfilm, he created its first four [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts short films]], including his most famous short, ''WesternAnimation/LuxoJr'' 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/Cars2'', 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. Not wanting to cause the studio further embarrassment, John snapped into action by postponing the TroubledProduction ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' by a year to ensure that the next film in their roster, ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', would be on par with their other classics.

John's eye for quality is no doubt the reason why, when Creator/{{Disney}} merged with Creator/{{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. [[ExecutiveMeddling While his decisions at Disney]] did cause a bit of behind-the-scenes drama (his insistence on changes for ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' led director Creator/ChrisSanders (of ''Disney/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 ''Disney/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 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.

A few days from the release of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'', Lasseter publicly announced that he would take a six month sabbatical from the company after a number of female employees came forward with claims of sexual misconduct (this being a few months after [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]] and several other Hollywood people were accused of the same, it's safe to assume he didn't want the studios' work to be OvershadowedByControversy), along with writer Rashida Jones announcing her departure from ''Toy Story 4'' amidst accusations that he mistreated female and minority artists. In June 2018, Disney announced that Lasseter would no longer hold an office at either Pixar or Walt Disney Animation Studios, but will still be employed as a consultant through the end of the year.

Shorts and features he's directed:
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.]]'' (1984)
* ''WesternAnimation/LuxoJr'' (1986)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Red's Dream]]'' (1987)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tin Toy]]'' (1988)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Knick Knack]]'' (1989)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Mater and the Ghostlight]]'' (2006)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tokyo Mater]]'' (2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' (2011)

!! Tropes Associated With Films He Has Directed

* AuthorAppeal: Inanimate objects coming to life.
* AwesomeDearBoy: John Lasseter's reason for becoming an animator: "I get paid to make cartoons!"
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: ''A Bug's Life'', ''Cars'', and ''Cars 2''
* OldShame: John Lasseter's attempt to keep 2D animation alive alongside CGI at Disney. Since the idea flopped, he's refused to speak of it.
* SignatureStyle: Feel-good, emotional, idealistic films about inanimate objects like bikes, toys, or cars, coming to life.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Heavily idealistic, even by Pixar's standards.

'''Andrew Stanton'''

The Regulars' lone east coaster (a native of Boston, MA), Andrew Stanton became the second animator hired by Pixar in 1990, after briefly working on the 1980s ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' cartoon and screening a few shorts at ''Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival.'' 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/WallE''. Like ''Finding Nemo'', ''WALL•E'' was a critical and financial success. Also like ''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 ''Finding Nemo'' and [[EvilOverlord Zurg]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2.''

Stanton made his live-action debut in 2012 with Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Film/JohnCarter'', which bombed hard enough to take his ProtectionFromEditors with it. His live-action career survived, however, as he would later direct two episodes of the second season of ''Series/StrangerThings'', "Dig Dug" and "The Spy."

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/WallE'' (2008)
* ''Film/JohnCarter'' (2012)
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' (2016)

!! Tropes Associated With Andrew Stanton's Directed Films
* CentralTheme: Most of his films are about Love and family.
* OldShame: Andrew Stanton acted in the Series/AfterschoolSpecial ''Dear Diary: A Film About Female Puberty''. He tried to prevent Lee and Bob bringing it up during the DVD commentary of ''Nemo'', but they managed, much to his embarrassment.
* RousseauWasRight
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Mostly on the idealistic side.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality

'''Pete Docter'''

As of this writing, Pete Docter has directed three feature-length films, his most recent being the 2015 release ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' which he also created the story for (the main human character is partially based on his own daughter). Docter has worked on the scripts for the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films and ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', 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}}''. Somewhat notorious amongst the staff for creating some of the studio's broadest and, as a result, most difficult concepts to realize. But if the responses are anything to go by, this has not been a detriment.

Docter is currently set to succeed John Lasseter as Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios.

Shorts and features he's directed/written:
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (screenwriter, 1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (screenwriter, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' (director, 2001)
* ''WesternAnimation/MikesNewCar'' (director, 2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' (screenwriter, 2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (director, 2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' (director, 2015)


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-Creator/{{Pixar}} works are the "Family Dog" episode of ''Series/AmazingStories'' and the 1999 Warner Bros film ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. He also worked on ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' (1982), a dark and gritty British animated film based on the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/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''.

He was working on a live-action film titled ''1906'', jointly produced by Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/{{Pixar}}, and (you read that right) Disney's old rival Creator/WarnerBros, which centers around the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. This project may be on hold, however, as Bird has directed ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' and ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}''. He is now working on writing a sequel to ''The Incredibles''.

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)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (2004)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Jack-Jack Attack]]'' (2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'' (2015)
* ''1906'' (unknown)

'''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 Creator/{{Pixar}} films. His first directing project was ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. He is also quite fond of Website/{{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)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' (director, 2017)

'''Gary Rydstrom'''

Gary Rydstrom is probably most famous for his sound design work on films like ''Film/JurassicPark'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. His first work for Creator/{{Pixar}}, in fact, was the sound design for the first five WesternAnimation/PixarShorts directed by John Lasseter. He then became the go-to guy for sound design and mixing from the first ''Franchise/ToyStory'' movie to ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and returned in 2012 with ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. He made his directorial debut with the theatrical short ''Lifted''. He was slated to direct Newt, but following its cancellation, he instead directed ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Hawaiian Vacation]]'' before moving back to Creator/SkywalkerSound the year of its release. Outside of Pixar, he has directed the English dubs of three Creator/StudioGhibli films: ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'' and ''[[Anime/{{Arrietty}} The Borrower Arrietty]]'' (North American Dub), and ''Anime/TheWindRises''. Most recently, he directed ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' at Lucasfilm.

Shorts and features he's directed:
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Lifted]]'' (2006)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Hawaiian]]'' ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Vacation]]'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' (2015)

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

Joe Ranft worked on scripts and storyboards for many animated films, both Creator/{{Pixar}} and non-Pixar. After doing story work on ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', Ranft worked on several Creator/{{Disney}} films, from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' to ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' to ''Disney/TheLionKing''. He joined Creator/{{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:
* ''WesternAnimation/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)

'''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 was to make his directoral debut in ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' but [[DevelopmentHell problems with the story]] pushed back its release date by two years, as John Lasseter didn't want to have any more critical flops after [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} their]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} last]] [[WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity three]].

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)

'''Mark Andrews'''

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

'''Brenda Chapman'''

Originally at Disney, she joined [=DreamWorks=] when former studio chief Jeff Katzenberg started the firm up and directed ''The Prince Of Egypt''. She became disenchanted with DWA and jumped to Pixar as a creative team member and director of ''Brave''. Sadly, a bout of ExecutiveMeddling regarding that movie led to her transferring to [[Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] and then back to Katzenberg and [=DreamWorks=] when Disney purchased ILM as part of their Lucasfilm package.

Films she wrote/directed:
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (story, 1991)
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (story supervisor, 1994)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' (director, 1998) [[note]] This is actually a 2D Creator/DreamWorksAnimation film [[/note]]
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'' (story, 1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' (director, 2012)

'''Dan Scanlon'''

Films he's directed:
* ''[[WesternAnimation/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)

'''Peter Sohn'''

Films he's directed:
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Partly Cloudy]]'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' (2015)



Randy Newman 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 Creator/{{Disney}} executives). Since then, he's done the score for seven Creator/{{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 the [[TearJerker saddest]] song in the Pixar {{canon}}: "When She Loved Me ([[AffirmativeActionGirl Jessie's]] Song)" from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''.

Creator/{{Pixar}} features and shorts he's written and performed music for:
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.'' (2001)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Mike's New Car]]'' (2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' (2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' (2013)

Randy Newman also composed the music for the Lasseter-produced ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', the 49th film in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon.

'''Thomas Newman'''

Like his cousin, Randy, Thomas Newman already had experience as a composer before he was hired by Creator/{{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/WallE''.

Pixar features he's written music for:
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' (2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' (2016)

For tropes associated with Thomas Newman's work, go [[Music/ThomasNewman here]].

'''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)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts One Man Band]]'' (2005)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Lifted]]'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (2009)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Partly Cloudy]]'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' (2017)

For tropes associated with Michael Giacchino's work, go [[Creator/MichaelGiacchino here]].

!!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. Known by older audiences as Cliff the mailman from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', it was this role that lead to 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/WallE'', 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 (''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'')
* Mack (the ''Franchise/{{Cars}}'' films)
* Mustafa, the waiter at Gusteau's (''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'')
* [[TheDanza John]] (''WesternAnimation/WallE'')
* Tom, the Foreman of the construction work around Carl's house (''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'')
* Gordon, the Guard (''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'')
* Fritz, the Brain Worker (''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'')
* Earl, the Velociraptor (''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'')
* Bill, the Crab (''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'')
* Juan Ortodoncia (''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'')

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

!!Behind the Scenes

'''Ed Catmull'''

Ed Catmull was recruited by Creator/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.

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

After he was fired from Creator/Apple 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.

'''Darla K. Anderson'''

Producer of ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', and several WesternAnimation/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.

'''Bud Luckey''' (1934-2018)

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. It was he who decided that the "old toy" character in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' would be a cowboy doll and designed Woody's final look. He later [[CopiouslyCreditedCreator wrote, designed, storyboarded, composed, sang, and voiced]] ''Boundin''', a short inspired by his Montana upbringing and the myths that came with it. He also illustrated over 100 children's books. Passed away of natural causes on February 24, 2018.

Pixar titles he was involved with:
* character designer on all Pixar films
* produced and directed the short "WesternAnimation/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 [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney canon]] film ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in 2011.