Peter Sohn

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Peter Sohn
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Born (1977-10-18) October 18, 1977 (age 44)[1]
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
Occupation
  • Animator
  • voice actor
  • storyboard artist
  • film director
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (2000–present)
Spouse(s)Anna Chambers

Peter Sohn (born October 18, 1977) is an American animator, voice actor, storyboard artist, and film director. He is known for his work at Pixar Animation Studios as the director of The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming film Elemental. He has also been the voice of Emile in Ratatouille, Squishy in Monsters University, and Sox in Lightyear.

Early life

Sohn was raised in New York City, where he has born in The Bronx. His parents were Korean immigrants.

He graduated from high school in 1995. While attending CalArts, he landed a summer job working on Brad Bird's animated feature film The Iron Giant.

Career

After graduating from school, he worked at The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. before coming to Pixar in the art and story departments for Finding Nemo.[2] He also worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and WALL-E. Sohn also performed the voice of Emile in Ratatouille. He made his directorial debut with the short film Partly Cloudy in 2009 which he also wrote. Partly Cloudy was included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2009. Sohn co-directed the English-language version of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea in 2009 with John Lasseter and Brad Lewis.[3]

Russell, the boy in Up, was based on Sohn.[4] He voiced Russell in the corresponding short, George & A.J., and Squishy in the feature Monsters University.

Sohn directed The Good Dinosaur, which was released in November 2015. He voiced its Styracosaurus character Forrest Woodbush.[5]

Sohn was set to voice the Marvel Comics character Ganke Lee in the Sony Pictures Animation feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but his lines were ultimately deleted from the final film.[6]

In 2022, Sohn provided the voice of Sox, a robotic kitten, in the Pixar film Lightyear.[7] That same year, it was announced he was directing Pixar's next original film, Elemental, which was based on his experience in New York. The film will incorporate the classical elements of fire, water, air, and earth as central themes.[8][9]

Personal life

Sohn is married to artist Anna Chambers, whom he met at CalArts.[10]

Filmography

Feature films

Year Title Director Writer Executive
Producer
Story
Artist
Production
Artist
Animator Story
Consultant
Other Voice Role Notes
1999 The Iron Giant No No No No No Additional No Yes Rough In-between-er
2001 Osmosis Jones No No No No No Yes No No
2003 Finding Nemo No No No Yes Yes No No No
2004 The Incredibles No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Additional Voices
2007 Ratatouille No No No Yes No Yes No Yes Emile
2008 WALL-E No No No Yes No No No No
2009 Up No No No Yes No No No No
Ponyo No No No No No No No Yes Director: English Dub; US Version
2010 Toy Story 3 No No No No Additional No No No
2012 Brave No No No Additional No No No No
2013 Monsters University No No No No No No No Yes Squishy
2015 Inside Out No No No No No No No Yes Senior Creative Team
The Good Dinosaur Yes Story No No No No No Yes Forrest Woodbush
2016 Finding Dory No No No No No No No Yes
2017 Cars 3 No No No No No No No Yes Additional Voices
Coco No No No No No No No Yes
2018 Incredibles 2 No No No No No No Yes Yes
2019 Toy Story 4 No No No No No No No Yes
2020 Onward No No No No No No No Yes
Soul No No No No No No No Yes Disney+ Original Films
Senior Creative Team
2021 Luca No No Yes No No No No Yes Ciccio
2022 Turning Red No No No No No No No Yes
Lightyear No No No No No No No Yes Sox[11] Senior Creative Team
2023 Elemental[8] Yes TBA No No No No No Yes

Short films and TV specials

Year Title Director Writer Production
Artist
Cinematographer Animator Other Voice Role Notes
2005 One Man Band No No Yes No No No
2007 Violet No No No Yes No No
Your Friend the Rat No No No No No Yes Emile Song Performer: "Plan B"
2008 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales No No No No No Yes Additional Voices Episodes 1-4
2009 Trifles No No No Yes No No
Leonardo No No No No Yes No
Partly Cloudy Yes Yes No No No No
George & A.J. No No No No No Yes Russell
2011 Toy Story Toons: Small Fry No No No No No Yes Recycle Ben Special Thanks
2013 Toy Story of Terror! No No No No No Yes Transitron Television Special
A Monsters University Short: Party Central No No No No No Yes Squishy

Video games

Year Title Voice Role
2007 Ratatouille Emile
2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
2013 Disney Infinity Squishy

Other credits

Year Title Role
2009 Tracy Blog Creator
2015 Borrowed Time Thanks
2018 Bao Special Thanks
2019 Purl
Smash and Grab Brian Larsen's Story Brain Trust
Kitbull Rosana Sullivan's Story Trust
Wind Story Trust
2020 Out

References

  1. ^ Truitt, Brian (September 14, 2015). "TIFF: 'Good Dinosaur' stars friends, frontier". USA Today. Retrieved September 15, 2015. ...says Sohn, 38.
  2. ^ Corrado, E. (November 4, 2009). "Q & A with Pixar's Ronnie del Carmen and Pete Sohn - Part 1". One Movie, Five Views Archive. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "'Ponyo' Movie Credits". About.com. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Lee, Patrick (March 2, 2009). "Up director Pete Docter on talking dogs, youth scouts and adventure". Blastr.com. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  5. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (September 18, 2013). "'The Good Dinosaur' moved to 2015, leaving Pixar with no 2014 film". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Sciretta, Peter (February 26, 2019). "Pixar Director Pete Sohn Originally Voiced Ganke in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'". /Film. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Bastos, Margarida (February 8, 2022). "'Lightyear' Full Voice Cast Includes Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer, James Brolin, and More". Collider. Archived from the original on March 3, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Moreau, Jordan (May 16, 2022). "Pixar Announces Next Movie, 'Elemental,' From 'Good Dinosaur' Director Peter Sohn". Variety. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  9. ^ Pixar (May 16, 2022). "In a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: How much they actually have in common. Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream, Disney and Pixar's Elemental releases June 16, 2023". Instagram. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  10. ^ Robertson, Barbara (April 9, 2009). "Peter Sohn". CGSociety. p. 2. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2014. Sohn’s wife Anna Chambers, who he met at CalArts, is also an artist, and both create artwork at home.
  11. ^ Bastos, Margarida (February 8, 2022). "'Lightyear' Full Voice Cast Includes Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer, James Brolin, and More". Collider. Retrieved March 31, 2022.

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