Pete Docter is an American film director, animator, and screenwriter from Bloomington, Minnesota. He is best known for directing Inside Out, Monsters, Inc., and Up and as a key figure and collaborator in Pixar Animation Studios. The A.V. Club has called him "almost universally successful." He has been nominated for six Oscars (two wins thus far for Up and Inside Out Best Animated Feature), three Annie Awards (two wins), a BAFTA Children's Film Award (which he won), and a Hochi Film Award (which he won). He has described himself as a "geeky kid from Minnesota who likes to draw cartoons."
Southern California native Christopher Merritt has more than twenty years of attraction and show design experience creating theme park attractions and environments around the world as an art director and production designer at theme parks located in California, Florida, Tokyo, Singapore, and Shanghai. Chris is the author of a Knott's Berry Farm pictorial history, Knott's Preserved (2010) and Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier (2014). Chris spent countless hours with Marc Davis (and Alice Davis) both learning from the masters and documenting history. Chris is currently at work at Walt Disney Imagineering as lead show designer for the Tokyo DisneySea version of the Frozen attraction.