Jeff Pidgeon

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Jeffrey Pidgeon was born March 19, 1965 and grew up in Vergennes, Vermont. A big fan of Charles Schultz, Jeff grew up with the dream of being a comic strip cartoonist, providing drawings for the town newspaper, The Enterprise and Vermonter. Jeff also did comic strips for the local paper. This all changed, though when he saw Star Wars. Coupling his new love of filmmaking with his passion for drawing; he concluded that his next logical step would be animation.

Jeff Pidgeon studied at Cal Arts and graduated in 1988 with a degree in character animation.

Originally his primary interest was in character design. His career began with various character and prop design assignments for television including Ralph Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse – The New Adventures, Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures, and later a season on The Simpsons as a character layout artist.

It wasn’t until Jeff arrived at Pixar in 1991 that story work came to the fore.  The studio had just made the decision to move into feature films, and hired him to help work on Toy Story.   An avid toy collector since childhood, it was a perfect fit.  Initially working on television commercials, he also cleaned up the storyboards of fellow CalArts alum Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, and later produced boards of his own.

Following the success of Toy Story, Jeff worked on a couple of CD-ROM projects as well as increasing his contributions on later Pixar films long and short (Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc, Mike’s New Car).

Jeff continues to contribute to a variety of Pixar projects including the Oscar nominated short Lifted, the feature films Wall-E and UpToy Story 3.

In 2007, Jeff returned to toys with a vinyl figure of his own (Happy Beaver), and to comics with the short story Fetch (co-written with his wife Anita Coulter) in the Afterworks 2 comics anthology.  Two more toys, Kumo-Kun and Jazz Boid, are in the works, as well as more comics.  He chronicles his independent work and toy collecting at jeffpidgeon.com and lives with Anita and their two cats in northern California.

Filmography

  • Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures (1987) (character model)
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Butter Battle Book (1989) (models)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) (model designer)
  • The Simpsons (1990-91) (character layout artist)
  • Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest (1992) (additional character design)
  • Tazmania (1991) (character layout artist)
  • Toy Story (1995) (animator, story artist)
  • A Bug’s Life (1998) (additional storyboard artist)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999) (story artist, additional story material)
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000) (creative consultant)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) (original story, story artist)
  • Mike’s New Car (2002) (original story)
  • Exploring the Reef (2003) (screenplay)
  • Lifted (2006) (story artist)
  • Your Friend the Rat (2007) (original story)
  • WALL-E (2008) (story artist)
  • My Hybrid Made Me Gay (2008) (original art)
  • Up (2009) (additional storyboard artist, development artist)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010) (story)

Tidbits

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  • His most famous voice is the three eyed aliens from the Toy Story films (with a little help from some helium) and Bile in Monsters, Inc.
  • Jeff has also done various voices for The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown.
  • He has also voiced the aliens for various Toy Story video games and attractions around Disney Theme Parks.
  • According to IMDB, Jeff designed the character of Hamilton J. Pig for Tiny Toon Adventures.
  • Also worked alongside John Lasseter and Pete Docter on the Luxo Jr. Sesame Street shorts Surprise and Light and Heavy.

Interviews

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