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Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton makes his debut in the top directing spot after serving as co-writer, co-director, executive producer, and story artist on all four of the previous landmark Disney/Pixar features. He has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990, when he became the second animator (and the ninth employee) to join the Studio's group of computer animation pioneers. Stanton was one of four screenwriters to receive an Oscar nomination in 1996 for his contribution to Toy Story and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on every subsequent Pixar film A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo. Additionally, he served as co-director on the 1998 Disney/Pixar feature, A Bug's Life, and was the executive producer of the 2001 Oscar-nominated hit Monsters, Inc.

A native of Rockport, Massachusetts, Stanton earned a BFA in character animation from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he completed two student films: A Story - a tale of a boy named Melvin, a dinosaur named Ted, and a killer clown with a goon squad named Randy - and Somewhere in the Arctic. In the 1980s, he launched his professional career in Los Angeles animating for Bill Kroyer's Kroyer Films studio, and writing for Ralph Bakshi's production of Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures (1987). In 1990, he joined John Lasseter at his fledgling commercial production company, Pixar, and served as directing animator and director on numerous commercials.

Stanton and Lasseter co-directed the Luxo Jr. shorts Surprise and Light and Heavy for Sesame Street before beginning pre-production on Toy Story in the early 1990s.

Stanton and his wife have two children.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Andrew Stanton Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthplaceRockport, Massachusetts, USA

Selected Filmography

Finding Nemo (2003)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
A Bug's Life (1998)
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