Dan Scanlon (born June 21, 1976) is an American screenwriter, director, artist, voice-actor, producer and a member of the senior creative team on Pixar films.

Early life

Dan was born on June 21, 1976 in Michigan. He graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998. He joined Pixar in 2001, where he first worked as a story artist. He also illustrated part one of the "Unmentionalables" (a comic book that was written by his wife). He was an animator on two non Disney/Pixar films- Joseph: King of Dreams and The Indescribable Nth which were both released in 2000. Scanlon wrote, directed, acted in, produced and was a cinematographer as well as editor on the 2009 mockumentary "Tracy" which was his first feature film as a writer and director.


Year Film Position Subsidiary
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea storyboard artist DisneyToon Studios
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure storyboard artist DisneyToon Studios
2005 Tarzan II additional storyboard artist - uncredited DisneyToon Studios
2006 Cars additional screenplay material, storyboard artist, voice actor Pixar Animation Studios
2006 Mater and the Ghostlight original story, co-director Pixar Animation Studios
2010 Toy Story 3 story artist Pixar Animation Studios
2012 Brave senior creative team Pixar Animation Studios
2013 Monsters University screenplay and story, director, voice actor - additional voices, senior creative team Pixar Animation Studios
2014 Party Central executive producer Pixar Animation Studios

Personal life

Dan lives with his wife Michele Scanlon in San Francisco, where they work together on projects under the production company "Caveat Productions", which they founded.


  • His alternate name is Dan Sukyanron.
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