THE ADVEN TURES of an old-fashioned
cowboy doll and electronic astronaut
action figure left a lasting impression on
Muir alumna Becky Neiman-Cobb when
she first saw Pixar’s Toy Story while studying abroad in England in 1995.
“I remember going to the theater
because I heard about the first computer-animated movie and was completely blown
away by how much I cared about these toys
and about the story,” says Neiman-Cobb.
“There were toys that I remembered from
my childhood and it was really nostalgic
for me, like I was transported back to
childhood. It stuck with me for years.”
Years later, Finding Nemo, an aquatic
adventure featuring the clownfish duo,
Marlin and Nemo, and a blue tang fish,
Dory, inspired her to apply for a job at
Pixar Studios in the Bay Area. Having
previously worked as a photographer
and creative director for an independent
record label in Los Angeles, she success-
fully made the leap to film and joined
the groundbreaking computer animation
studio in 2004. “I wanted to be a teacher or
in the entertainment industry. … Pixar is
the perfect combination of that. I’m in this
career that still touches the lives of kids.”
Neiman-Cobb started as a production
assistant on several Pixar short films before
working as a production artist on Rata-
touille, production coordinator on Wall-E,
art department manager on Cars 2, and
editorial manager on Inside Out, among
other key roles.
Yet in 2013, she was tasked as production manager for Finding Dory, the sequel
to Finding Nemo—which was by then the
highest grossing animated film at the time,
and an Academy Award-winner for Best
Animated Feature. No pressure, right?
BY MALINDA DANZIGER '00
Becky Neiman-Cobb ’97 brings
beloved characters to life.
Becky Neiman-Cobb '97 at Pixar
Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif.