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Rob Edwards (screenwriter)

Rob Edwards
Rob Edwards at CHO Dinner.jpg
Rob Edwards at CHO Awards Dinner
Born (1963-06-22) June 22, 1963 (age 56)
Notable work
The Princess and the Frog; Treasure Planet[1][2]
Spouse(s)Michele (2 children)

Rob Edwards (born June 22, 1963) is an American television and feature film screenwriter and producer. His writing includes the Disney animated feature films Treasure Planet[2] and The Princess and the Frog, both of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[1] In 2009, along with Ron Clements and John Musker, Edwards was awarded the Best Screenplay award from the African-American Film Critics Association for The Princess and the Frog.[3]

Early career

After graduating from the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Edwards attended Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts in the Transmedia Department.[4]

Edwards moved to Los Angeles following graduation and gained success as a television writer. After writing for the long-running ABC-TV series Full House, Edwards went on to become a writer, story editor, and consultant for several prime time series including Bill Cosby's A Different World and the Golden Globe nominated The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Edwards was also an Emmy Award nominee for the long-running sketch comedy show In Living Color.[5]

Edwards is also credited with creating the NBC sitcom Out All Night which starred Patti LaBelle, Morris Chestnut and Vivica A. Fox. Throughout the 1990s, Edwards wrote and produced for television networks and on series including Roc, The Parent 'Hood, and In the House.[6]


Edwards next shifted his focus to feature films and joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as a writer. His first film, Treasure Planet, was released in 2002 and starred a voice cast that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Martin Short, Emma Thompson, Patrick McGoohan, as well as famed voice-over actors Corey Burton and Tony Jay.[7] Though the film fared poorly at the box office,[8] it was a critical success[9] for Edwards and went on to earn eight Annie Award nominations[10] and an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.[11]

Edwards returned to the screen with 2009's The Princess and the Frog, a critical[12] and box office success.[13] The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Animated Feature Oscar.[14]

On both films, Edwards worked with the Disney Animation team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin).[citation needed] In 2011, Variety reported that Edwards was collaborating on projects with producers Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, Jack Rapke and with Will Smith, Dan Fogelman, and Reggie Hudlin[15]


Year Title Credit Director
2001 WaSanGo executive producer Tae-gyun Kim
2002 Treasure Planet writer (screenplay) Ron Clements, John Musker
2009 The Princess and the Frog writer (screenplay), actor (voice) Ron Clements, John Musker
upcoming An Animated American[15] writer (screenplay) TBD
upcoming Amulet[15] writer (screenplay) TBD



  1. ^ a b "Rob Edwards on IMDb". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lee, Alana (2003). "Interview with Rob Edwards". BBC Home. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "African-American Film Critics Association Picks 'Precious'". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Alumni | Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts". Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  5. ^ ""In Living Color" Emmy Award History". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Rob Edwards Biography,". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Treasure Planet on IMDb". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  8. ^ "The 25 Biggest Box Office Bombs of All Time Adjusted for Inflation". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Treasure Planet on RottenTomatoes". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  10. ^ "30th Annie Awards". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  11. ^ "75th Academy Awards Winners". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  12. ^ "The Princess and the Frog on RottenTomatoes". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  13. ^ "The Princess and the Frog on Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Nominess & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards". Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  15. ^ a b c Kroll, Justin (May 17, 2011). "'Princess' scribe lands pic pair". Retrieved February 26, 2013.

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