previously co-directed the computer-animated hit Antz
, which marked the first animated feature film from PDI/DreamWorks. He is currently directing DreamWorks' computer-animated comedy Over the Hedge
, based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, and starring the voices of Jim Carrey
and Garry Shandling
Johnson's background in film and animation dates back to his college years. While earning a B.A. in English Literature at Northwestern University, he produced two animated films, both of which earned Richter Grant Organization Awards. Upon graduation, he worked for two years as a freelance cel animator and director. His introduction to computer animation came in 1985 while he was on staff at Post Effects in Chicago.
In 1988, Johnson joined what was then PDI, and two years later co-founded the studio's Character Animation Group. He subsequently served as animation director on The Simpsons 1995 Halloween special, Homer3, leading the team in transforming the two-dimensional Homer into a three-dimensional world. The episode has remained a favorite of fans of The Simpsons, and has become a classic to animation aficionados.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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