Top 10 Pixar Directors

These are the most talented people who have directed feature-length or short films for the wonderful animation studio of Pixar.

The Top Ten Pixar Directors

1 Pete Docter

While John Lasseter is the bread and butter of Pixar, Pete Docter is the warm milk that goes along with it. Taking at look at Docter's directory career, of all the three Pixar movies he's directed, all of them are probably the most emotional of any Pixar movie. Sure, every Pixar movie is filled with emotion and will have you either laughing with joy or crying of sadness, but to me, Monsters Inc., Up, and Inside Out are perhaps the saddest Pixar movies that are bound to make you shed a tear or two and truly move your heart. All in all, Docter really knows how to bring out the emotional aspects of Pixar's movies. Especially Up. That movie had me tearing up right at the beginning of the story. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Pete Docter always takes you on an emotional roller-coaster, where in the one moment you're laughing until your stomach hurts, and in the next you're crying until you can't physically produce anymore tears.
In terms of Pixar films, Pete Docter is the master of animated cry fests. When you can get a grown man to cry their eyes out within the first 8 minutes of a movie, you know you're doing something right.
But, thankfully, that's not all he does. He has also given us some of the best laughs of any of Pixar's directors.
All the feature films Pete Docter has ever directed are some of the best movies that have ever come out from Pixar Animation Studios, and this is why he, in my opinion, is their greatest director.

Feature Films:
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Up (2009)
Inside Out (2015)

Short Films: Mike's New Car (2002) - phillysports

2 Brad Bird

He is incredible.
Some of the movies he has directed in animaiton are some of the best in the genre. - iliekpiez

This guy is the best - MegaSoulhero

Feature Films:
The Incredibles (2004)
Ratatouille (2007)
The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Short Films:
Jack-Jack Attack (2005) - phillysports

3 John Lasseter John Alan Lasseter is an American animator and film director, who is the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios.

I love the toy story threequel way to go Lasseter

He's directed quite a lot of good films with only a few bad ones here and there. Regardless of those few slip-ups, Lasseter was truly important to the Pixar company. His whole history along with Pixar's history truly amazes me with how much the company went through to maintain their unique identity and creative integrity. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Sad to hear what happened to him - MegaSoulhero

Feature Films:
Toy Story (1995)
A Bug's Life (1998)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Cars (2006)
Cars 2 (2011)

Short Films:
Luxo Jr. (1986)
Red's Dream (1987)
Tin Toy (1988)
Knick Knack (1989)
Mater and the Ghostlight (2006) - phillysports

4 Andrew Stanton

Feature Films:
Finding Nemo (2003)
WALL-E (2008)
Finding Dory (2016)

Short Films:
(none) - phillysports

5 Lee Unkrich

He made toy story three and Coco, I love both of those films

Feature Films:
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Coco (2017)

Short Films:
(none) - phillysports

6 Peter Sohn

Feature Films:
The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Short Films:
Partly Cloudy (2009) - phillysports

7 Dan Scanlon

Feature Films:
Monsters University (2013)

Short Films:
(none) - phillysports

8 Brian Fee

Feature Films:
Cars 3 (2017)

Short Films (none) - phillysports

9 Mark Andrews

Feature Films:
Brave (2012)

Short Films:
(none) - phillysports

10 Jan Pinkava

Feature Films:

Short Films:
Geri's Game (1997) - phillysports

The Contenders

11 David Silverman

A Simpsons alumni who helmed Monsters Inc. - jezza0

12 Brenda Chapman
13 Josh Cooley
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