Jonas Rivera, who’s been at Pixar since 1994, beginning as a production office assistant on Toy Story, has found a real kindred spirit in Pete Docter. He’s just as sweet and soft spoken, too. They first collaborated on Up in 2009 and now they await the release of the even more ambitious Inside Out, which drew raves in Cannes. During my recent Pixar visit, we discussed the tough journey and what it’s like protecting Docter’s vision.
And Pete he had this long walk — I think it was Father’s Day — and he grabbed [co-director] Ronnie del Carmen and me that Sunday night for drinks and he pitched it in a way that was so honest and truthful. It wasn’t even a debate — we’re in, that’s the right call.