Byron P. Howard is a Japanese-born American supervising animator and film director. Howard grew up in Issaquah, Washington, attending Issaquah High School (graduating in 1986) and attending The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Howard's career in animation began 15+ years ago when he followed his childhood dream to work for Walt Disney Animation Studios by writing for advice from one of Disney's Nine Old Men animators, Frank Thomas. Using Mr. Thomas's helpful letter, he structured his entire curriculum. Before the ink was dry on his diploma, he relocated to Orlando, Florida, where he worked as a tour guide for Disney's animation tour at Disney MGM Studios. After 4 portfolio submissions, he began the Disney animation internship, and was hired in 1994. He went from inbetweener to animator to supervising animator in just 5 years. Since relocating to the California studios in 2004, he has worked as story artist, character designer on Cobra Bubbles for Lilo & Stitch and Kenai for Brother Bear, and director on Disney's 48th animated feature film Bolt. Byron Howard was recognized for an Annie Award Nomination in 2004 for Outstanding Character Animation on Brother Bear.

He started his career in 2008 with the film called, Bolt, as a director, other director of this film is Chris Williams, and writers of the film are Dan Fogelman and Chris Sanders, released on November 21, 2008, and the cast of the film includes: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell, James Lipton, etc. He also directed the short film tied in with Bolt's DVD/Blu-Ray release called, Super Rhino. He also directed Tangled with Nathan Greno.

In May 2013, it was reported that Howard, along with Rich Moore, was directing an animated animal comedy film for Walt Disney Animation Studios. A few months later, it was revealed that the film would be titled Zootopia, and was released in March 2016.

In the Fusion documentary Imagining Zootopia, Howard declared he is gay and has been married since 1988.

Feature Film Filmography

Year Film Position Subsidiary
1995 Pocahontas Inbetweener: Pocahontas Walt Disney Animation Studios
1998 Mulan Animator: Yao/Fa Family Ancestors
2002 Lilo & Stitch Supervising Animator: Cobra Bubbles/Character Designer
2003 Brother Bear Supervising Animator: Kenai
2005 Chicken Little Additional Story Artist
2008 Bolt Director/Additional Story Material
2010 Tangled Director/Voice Actors (Guard 2 and Thug 2)
2016 Zootopia Director/Story/Supervising Animator/Voice Actors (Travis and Bucky Oryx-Antlerson)

Animated Shorts Filmography

Year Film Position Subsidiary
2000 John Henry Supervising Animator Walt Disney Animation Studios
2009 Super Rhino Executive Producer
2012 Tangled Ever After Writer/Director/Voice Actors (Lantern Wrangler and Chef)

Disney Roles



  1. Byron Howard (2016-03-14). "Byron Howard answers on Twitter".. Retrieved on 2016-03-14.
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