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Byron Howard

Byron Howard
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Born (1968-12-26) December 26, 1968 (age 50)
Alma materEvergreen State College
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer, animator, voice actor
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1994–present)
Notable work
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Byron P. Howard (born December 26, 1968)[1] is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, story artist and occasional voice actor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is best known as the co-director of Bolt (2008), Tangled (2010), and Zootopia (2016), and a supervising animator on Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Tangled[2] and won an Oscar for Zootopia.

Early life and education

Howard was born in Misawa, Japan, and raised in both the outskirts of Philadelphia[3] and Issaquah, Washington, United States, in a middle-class family. He attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.[4]


Howard began his career at Disney in 1994,[4] working as an animator on films including Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear.[5][6] He was nominated for a 2003 Annie Award for Character Animation for Brother Bear.[7]

The first film Howard directed was the animated Disney film Bolt, which was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[8] In his role as co-director of the film with Chris Williams, Howard focused on character design and animation.[8] Howard went on to direct the animated Disney films Tangled (2010, co-directed with Nathan Greno) and Zootopia (2016, co-directed with Rich Moore).[9][10][11] He and Greno also co-directed and wrote the animated short Tangled Ever After, which features supporting characters from Tangled and showed in theaters before the 2012 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast.[12]

As of November 2016, Howard is working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on an original animated film.[13]

In 2009, Howard became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.[14]

Personal life

In the Fusion documentary Imagining Zootopia, Howard mentioned he is openly gay and has been married since 1988.[3]


Year Title Credited as Notes
1995 Pocahontas Inbetweener
1998 Mulan Animator
2000 John Henry Supervising animator Short film, from Disney's American Legends (2002)
2002 Lilo & Stitch Supervising animator, character designer Cobra Bubbles
2003 Brother Bear Supervising animator Nominated for Annie Award for Character Animation
2005 Chicken Little Additional story artist
2008 Bolt Co-director (with Chris Williams), additional screenplay material Nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
2009 Super Rhino Executive producer Short film, included on home video release of Bolt
2010 Tangled Co-director (with Nathan Greno), voices of Guard 2 and Thug 2 Won Tokyo Anime Award for International Theater;
nominated for Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature
2012 Tangled Ever After Co-director (with Nathan Greno), writer, voices of Lantern Wrangler and Chef Short film
2016 Zootopia Co-director (with Rich Moore and Jared Bush), story by,
supervising animator, voices of Travis and Bucky Oryx-Antlerson
Won Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
2019 Frozen 2[15] Executive producer[15]
2021 Untitled Lin-Manuel Miranda/Byron Howard-Developed Disney Animation Film[16] Director


Golden Globe Award
Academy Award

See also


  1. ^ Byron Howard [@ByronPHoward] (26 December 2015). "#Zootopia birthday wishes <3 thank you, my talented friend @LePrinceKido Can't wait to see you in Paris soon!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. /photo/1
  2. ^ a b Justin Kroll and Rachel Abrams, "Golden Globe Nomination Reactions," Variety, December 14, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Imagining Zootopia, Fusion, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Ally Sikora, "A long, drawn-out process," St. Petersburg Times, September 15, 2003.
  5. ^ Ramin Zahed, "Byron Howard to Direct New Disney Feature," Animation Magazine, May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Borys Kit, "Disney, 'Tangled' Director Plot New Animated Feature With Jason Bateman," The Hollywood Reporter, May 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "31st Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners,", 2003.
  8. ^ a b Ellen Wolff, "Animated Oscar noms took long road," Variety, February 5, 2009.
  9. ^ Peter Debruge, "Film Review: 'Zootopia'," Variety, February 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Dan Sarto, "Byron Howard and Rich Moore Talk 'Zootopia'," Animation World Network, December 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Christina Radish, "'Zootopia': Rich Moore, Byron Howard on Their Animated World, Frank Capra Influences," Collider, January 20, 2016.
  12. ^ Noelene Clark, "'Tangled Ever After': Disney lets its hair down," Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2012.
  13. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (November 15, 2016). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals He's Making a Secret Disney Film". Vulture. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  14. ^ Andrew Stewart, "AMPAS invites 134 to join ranks," Variety, June 30, 2009.
  15. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference PressKit was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  16. ^ "Disney's Teaming Lin Manuel Miranda with Zootopia Co-Director for Secret Animated Film". Cinemablend.
  17. ^ Donnelly, Jim. "ZOOTOPIA IS THE 2017 OSCAR WINNER FOR ANIMATED FEATURE FILM". The Oscars. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2017.

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