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Andrew Christopher Stanton Jr. (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Finding Nemo and WALL-E; both films earned him the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. He directed his first Live-Action Disney film, John Carter, in 2012.

On April 1, 2016, Andrew Stanton was featured with Ed O'Neill as part of an April Fool's joke. The joke involved deceiving viewers into believing that, Ed O'Neill's character from Finding Dory, Hank, was the oldest and most coveted Pixar Easter Egg in history.

Stanton also has a brother Nate Stanton who's a storyboard artist at Pixar.

Life and career

Stanton was born and raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He studied character animation at The California Institute of the Arts and graduated from the school in 1983. His earliest known venture into professional animation was at Ralph Bakshi Productions, where he worked on "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" along with other young animators like Jeff Pidgeon, Eddie Fitzgerald, Tom Minton, John Kricfalusi, and Jim Reardon; all of them have done worthwhile things, even Pidgeon who joined him at Pixar. Stanton joined Pixar in January 1990 and was the second animator (John Lasseter being the first) and ninth overall employee hired at the studio. He now lives in Mill Valley, California and is married to Julie Stanton. He has a daughter named Audrey and a son named Ben. In addition to his direction and writing work for Pixar, he voiced Crush, the laidback turtle in Finding Nemo. According to pg. 17 of the book 'Outlaw Animation: Cutting-Edge Cartoons from the Spike and Mike Festivals' by Jerry Beck, Stanton was also friends with famed animation promoters "Spike and Mike". In one particular instance, Spike visited Stanton's home in a superhero costume calling himself "the Centaur". After frightening the neighborhood parents and captivating the imaginations of the children near an ice cream truck Stanton had to get Spike back inside before anyone alerted the authorities. In an interview with World Magazine's Megan Basham, Stanton explained his singular vision for WALL-E: "What really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but that's not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to say—that irrational love defeats the world's programming. You've got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience love." Stanton later worked on his first live-action movie called John Carter which released in 2012 by Walt Disney Pictures albeit to mixed reception. He directed the long anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory.

Feature Film Filmography

Year Film Position Subsidiary
1995 Toy Story Story/Screenplay/Voice Actor (Commercial Chorus) Pixar
1998 A Bug's Life Co-Director/Story/Voice Actor (Bug Zapper Bug #2)
1999 Toy Story 2 Story/Voice Actor (Emperor Zurg)
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Voice Actor (Hamm)
2001 Monsters, Inc. Executive Producer/Screenplay
2003 Finding Nemo Director/Story/Screenplay/Voice Actor (Crush)
2004 The Incredibles Additional Voices
2006 Cars Voice Actor (Fred)
2007 Ratatouille Executive Producer
2008 WALL-E Director/Story/Screenplay/Voice Actor (Axiom Passenger #1)
2009 Up Executive Producer
2010 Toy Story 3 Story
2012 John Carter Director/Screenplay Walt Disney Pictures
Brave Executive Producer Pixar
2013 Monsters University
2015 Inside Out
The Good Dinosaur
2016 Finding Dory Director/Story/Screenplay/Voice Actor (Crush)
2018 Toy Story 4 Story

Animated Shorts Filmography

Year Film Position Subsidiary
2003 Exploring the Reef Executive Producer Pixar
2008 Presto
BURN-E Executive Producer/Story
2009 Partly Cloudy Executive Producer
2013 Toy Story of Terror
2016 Piper

Disney Pixar Roles

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