Pete Docter is a Pixar guy. He was one of the animation studio’s first employees, and has directed Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and last year’s almost unanimously acclaimed Up. That last film is only the second animated movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Between that, and its nomination for Best Animated Film, Up is sure to nab a gold man at the March 7 ceremony. Docter talked to TIME about his love of Miyazaki films and the genius of Fozzie Bear.
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