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Born: January 12, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Profession: Producer ...
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While still in high school, wrote to The Walt Disney Studios to express his interest in the field
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Became the second student accepted into the then new Disney-sponsored animation program at CalArts (an institution started by Walt Disney)
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Made two animated films while at CalArts, "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare" (both won Student Academy Awards)
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Apprenticed at Disney during summer breaks
1979:
Hired by the Disney feature animation department upon graduation
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Contributed animation to such films as "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) and "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1984)
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Co-created with fellow Disney animator Glen Keane, an experimental 30-second test film based on Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are," to demonstrate how traditional hand-drawn character animation could be combined with computerized camera movements and environments
1983:
Invited by Pixar founder Ed Catmull to visit the computer graphics unit of Lucasfilm
1984:
Left Disney intending to work at Lucasfilm for a month; stayed for 6 months
1985:
Worked on the computer animation group of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic for the feature "Young Sherlock Holmes"
1986:
Joined Pixar, the computer animation company formed by entrepreneur Steven Jobs with his purchase of the computer animation division of Lucasfilm
1986:
Created the Oscar nominated animated short film, "Luxo Jr"
1988:
Gained notice for his Academy Award winning short, "Tin Toy"; credited for directing, scripting, animating and modeling
1991:
First TV credit, provided a film for NBC's "Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes"
1995:
Feature directing debut, "Toy Story"; also credited for original story (with three others) and modeling & animation system development
1998:
Co-directed the computer-animated "A Bug's Life"
2004:
Produced the animated Pixar film, "The Incredibles"; directed and written by Brad Bird
2006:
Appointed Chief Creative Officer of both the Pixar and Disney animation studios when the Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar
2006:
Directed and co-wrote the animated feature, "Cars"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated feature
2007:
Produced the Pixar animated feature, "Ratatouille"
2008:
Executive produced the Pixar animated feature, "WALL-E"
2009:
Executive produced the Disney animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog"
2011:
Returned to directing with "Cars 2"

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