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Robert Peterson is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor and voice actor who works at Pixar. He was hired at Pixar by Roger Gould in 1994 as an animator for commercials, before subsequently becoming an animator on Toy Story (1995). He was the co-director for Up (2009), in which he also voiced the characters Dug and Alpha. He was a co-writer on Finding Nemo (2003) and Cars 3 (2017).

Bob Peterson
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Peterson in 2015
Robert Peterson

(1961-01-18) January 18, 1961 (age 58)
Wooster, Ohio, United States
OccupationAnimator, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, voice actor
Years active1994–present
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (1994-present)



Peterson has also voiced characters for Pixar films such as Geri in the short Geri's Game (1997), Roz in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013), Mr. Ray in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016), and Dug and Alpha in Up. His most recent vocal work was Dr. Damage in the Cars short film Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (2017).

He conceived Pixar's The Good Dinosaur (2015)[1] and directed the film until August 2013, when it was announced that he had been dismissed from the project due to story problems. Peterson remains at Pixar, where he is developing another project.[2]

In August 2015, Peterson voiced a dog named Derby for an E:60 profile on ESPN that chronicled the Trenton Thunder's minor league baseball team's tradition of using bat dogs.[3]


Year Title Co-director Writer Animator Storyboard
Actor Role Notes
1995 Toy Story Yes Yes
1997 Geri's Game Yes Geri Short film
1998 A Bug's Life Yes Yes
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes Yes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Yes Yes Roz
2003 Finding Nemo Yes Yes Mr. Ray, Additional voices Credits
Exploring the Reef Yes Documentary film
2004 The Incredibles Yes Additional voices
2006 Cars Yes
2007 Ratatouille Yes
2009 Up Yes Yes Yes Yes Dug
Dug's Special Mission Yes Yes
George & A.J. Yes Dug Short film, special thanks
2010 Toy Story 3 Yes Mr. Tony (janitor)
2013 Monsters University Yes Roz
2015 Inside Out Yes Additional screenplay material (with Bill Hader and Amy Poehler)
The Good Dinosaur[4] Yes original concept and development
2016 Finding Dory[5] Yes Yes Mr. Ray Additional screenplay material / Additional Voices
2017 Cars 3[6] Yes Yes Chick Hicks Screenplay / Taking over role from Michael Keaton
Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool Yes Dr. Damage Short film
Coco Story Consultant
2019 Purl Kristen Lester's Story Trust
Toy Story 4 Yes Additional voices
2020 Monsters at Work Yes Roz, Roze[7] Television Series


  1. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Pixar announces two new movies". The Pixar Blog. August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (August 30, 2013). "Pixar Animation yanks director Bob Peterson off 'The Good Dinosaur'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Kreiswirth, Carrie (August 12, 2015). "On deck: E:60 profiles family circle of baseball team's 'bat dogs'". ESPN Front Row. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "CinemaCon: Pixar Sets 3 Original Toons; Disney Makes 'Muppets 2′". Deadline. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Teodorczuk, Tom (October 23, 2015). "The Good Dinosaur: Peter Sohn on taking over as director from Bob Peterson and changing the entire story". The Independent. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
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  7. ^ "'Monsters, Inc.' Voice Cast to Return for Disney+ Series (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-04-09.

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