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Tim Johnson (film director)

Tim Johnson
Born (1961-08-27) August 27, 1961 (age 58)[1]
Alma materWeinberg College of Arts and Sciences[3]
OccupationAnimator, film director
Years active1990 – Present
EmployerDreamWorks Animation

Tim Johnson (born August 27, 1961) is an American film director. Johnson has directed many films for DreamWorks Animation such as Antz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and Over the Hedge. Recently, he directed the 2015 film Home.

Life and career

Johnson was born in Chicago. He studied at Northwestern University where he earned a BA in English Literature. He also produced two animated films; both of which earned Richter Grant Organization Awards.[4]

Upon graduating, he worked for two years as a freelance animator and director. His introduction to computer animation came in 1985 while he worked on the staff at Post Effects in Chicago.[4] He later joined Pacific Data Images in 1988 and two years later co-founded the studio's Character Animation Group.[4] He also directed the first CG Pillsbury Doughboy commercial.

Johnson won two Annie awards on Antz and Over the Hedge, an Audience Award on Over the Hedge, and a Grand Prize for The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror VI".

While at DreamWorks Animation, he also directed Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Home (an adaptation of The True Meaning of Smekday), and the Christmas television special Kung Fu Panda Holiday,[5][6][7], and additionally served as executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon.



Year Title Role
1995 No More Fairy Tales? An Hoodwinked Short Film Character Animator, Art Director, Writer and Director (short film)
1998 Antz Director, Idea
2000 Cyberworld Director: Antz segment, Animation Director: Homer3 segment
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Director
2006 Over the Hedge Director, Screen Story
Hammy's Boomerang Adventure Creative Consultant
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Executive Producer
2015 Home[5][6] Director
2019 Abominable Executive Producer[8]


Year Title Role
1995 Treehouse of Horror VI Computer Animation Director
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Director


  1. ^ "Johnson, Tim, 1961 August 27-". Library of Congress. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Mastrantonio, Rilio (May 13, 2006). "Tim Johnson / Wanda Sykes Interview: Over The Hedge". Hollywood Snitch. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "World-changing Alumni". Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) – Crew info". Visual Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Jim Parsons and Rihanna to Voice DreamWorks Animation's Happy Smekday!". DreamWorks Animation. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Movie Title Changes". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Moves Up 'Penguins Of Madagascar' Bow, Bumps 'Home' To 2015". May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
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