OFFICIAL: Disney/Pixar Animation Have New CCOs!

The Walt Disney Company has announced that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are the new Chief Creative Officers of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation. According to a New York Times article, “[John Lasseter] will not have an office in the interim” after he leaves the Company at the end of this year. He is currently a consultant.

JENNIFER LEE

Jennifer Lee began her career in publishing after graduating with an English degree from the University of New Hampshire. After the death of her significant other when she was 20, she grew eager to tell her own stories. Phil Johnston (writer) brought her on as a partner for Wreck-It-Ralph in 2011 after the two met at Columbia University while getting their masters, and the rest is history. She has the honor of being Walt Disney Animation Studio’s first female feature animation director for Frozen and Chief Creative Officer. Other notable Disney credits include A Wrinkle In Time and ZootopiaFrozen 2 is in pre-production and scheduled to come out Fall 2019. You can follow her on Twitter @alittlejelee.

PETE DOCTER

Pete Docter won a Student Academy Award for his work on Next Door before graduating CalArts in 1990. He got a job offer for Pixar right after college. Even though he didn’t know much about the studio at the time except for a couple of their shorts, he was excited to be a part of something that was just getting started. His first assignment was to help animate and write for the first Toy Story movie. Since then, his notable Pixar feature film credits include Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Wall-EUp, and Inside Out. He even directed the English dub for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. According to his IMDb page, it looks likes he is working on an “Untitled Pixar Animation Project” slated for a potential 2021 release. No official word yet. Next D23 animation panel announcement, perhaps?

A NEW ERA HAS BEGUN

This is an exciting time for both animation studios. Between both filmmakers, they have 3 Oscars, 5 BAFTAs, and 7 Annie Awards. They have a strong working history with billion and multi-million dollar franchises. They’re the perfect candidates to take on this new assignment and we can’t wait to see what they’re going to do. Still not sure? We’re going to leave you with these words from Alan Horn (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios): “Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them to lead us into the future.” Congratulations, Jennifer and Pete!