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Ash Brannon

Ash Brannon
Born (1969-07-19) July 19, 1969 (age 50)
OccupationFilm director, animator, screenwriter, animation teacher, voice actor
Years active1989–present

Ash Brannon (born July 19, 1969), is an American animator, writer and director. He was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story[1] and co-director on Toy Story 2.[2] Besides working at Pixar he has also worked with DreamWorks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf's Up. He also directed and wrote the 2016 computer-animated film Rock Dog.

Brannon studied visual arts at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida for high school and went on to CalArts for further education. Studying in CalArts Character Animation program, Brannon likewise practiced his skills in animation as a trainee for Disney Animation's 1989 film The Little Mermaid, from 1990 to 1992.[citation needed] In the meantime, Brannon served as an animator for such projects as Nike's Hare Jordan Super Bowl ad in 1992 and the television series That's Warner Bros.!.[citation needed]

He won an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on Toy Story 2.[citation needed] He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2007 on Surf's Up.[citation needed]

According to the Toy Story 2 DVD audio commentary, Al McWhiggin's license plate "LZTYBRN," is Brannon's actual license plate.[citation needed]


Year Film Job
1989 The Little Mermaid Animation Trainee
1995 Toy Story Directing Animator, Story Artist
1998 A Bug's Life Story Artist
1999 Toy Story 2 Co-Director, Story, Animator, Screenplay
2006 Over the Hedge Additional Story Artist
Open Season Special Thanks
2007 Surf's Up Co-Director, Screenplay, voice of Filmmaker #1
2016 Rock Dog[3] Director, writer, voice of Ian


  1. ^ Price, David A. (2009-05-05). The Pixar Touch. Random House Digital. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-307-27829-6. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ Clarke, Frederick S. (2002). Cinefantastique. 34. F. S. Clarke. p. 15. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
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