Life was definitely looking up Sunday for Dover High graduate Bob Peterson.
Life was definitely looking up Sunday for Bob Peterson.
The blockbuster “Up,” written and co-directed by Peterson, won the Golden Globe award for best animated film.
The Disney-Pixar Animation movie features the voice of Ed Asner in a tale of a lonely, bitter widower who renews his zest for adventure by flying his house under helium balloons to South America, where he encounters his childhood hero and a hilarious gang of talking canines.
Peterson’s voice talents are heard as the character of Dug the dog. It opened nationally May 29, 2009, and now is available on DVD.
His mother, the Rev. Marlene Peterson of New Philadelphia, Ohio, watched the award presentation, which she called “pretty exciting.”
“My greatest joy is to see him doing something that he is best talented for and enjoys doing,” she said. “If you find what you’re best suited for in life and follow that, you’re a lucky person.”
Bob Peterson has been a key player at Pixar Animation Studios since 1994, working on various films in a variety of capacities, among them “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay.
“It was just exciting to be able to share this with this team of great friends, and we’re honored,” Bob Peterson said moments before he had to shut off his cell phone on a flight home. “It’s fabulous that people liked the film.”
Peterson resides in San Francisco with his wife, three children and two non-talking dogs.
One of the highlights of the weekend did not actually involve the film.
“I sat at a table with Paul McCartney,” he said of the former Beatle. “It was magic.”
The movie is directed by Pete Docter, who also directed Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” Michael Giacchino also won for original score for Up.
The Times-Reporter (New Philadelphia, Ohio)