Brad Bird

Animator, Director
One of the most celebrated figures in modern animation, Brad Bird was the Academy Award-winning writer and director of the hit feature films "The Incredibles" (2004) and "Ratatouille" (2007). Bird's movies stood apart ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1957 in Kalispell, Montana, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Tomorrowland 2015 (Movie)

(Story By)

Tomorrowland 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Family Dog 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Creator

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

1906 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (6)

Tomorrowland 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

1906 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (6)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Ambrister Minion (Actor)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Edna Mode (E) (Actor)

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (6)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Creative Team(Pixar) (Creative Executive)

Brave 2012 (Movie)

Creative Team(Pixar) (Creative Executive)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Creative Team(Pixar) (Creative Executive)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Pixar Senior Creative Team (Executive)

Up 2009 (Movie)

Pixar Senior Creative Team (Executive)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Pixar Senior Creative Team (Executive)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

(Animator)
Music (1)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

("Duck & Cover) (Song Performer)
Art Department (1)

The Simpsons 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Storyboard Artist
Other (3)

King of the Hill 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Consultant

The Critic 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Executive Consultant

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

One of the most celebrated figures in modern animation, Brad Bird was the Academy Award-winning writer and director of the hit feature films "The Incredibles" (2004) and "Ratatouille" (2007). Bird's movies stood apart from other big-screen animated efforts, due to the quality of both the visuals and the writing; in both "Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," as well as his debut project, the well-loved cult favorite "The Iron Giant" (1999), Bird brought together exciting action and eye-popping visuals with stories driven by real and palpable human emotions. For many critics and moviegoers, Bird's animated movies were the perfect example of what an animated film could achieve. Later in his career, Bird moved into live-action films; though they were greeted with less universal critical praise, Bird's signature visual style remained strong in the changeover.

EDUCATION

Corvallis High School

Corvallis , Oregon 1975
Graduated

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California
Awarded a scholarship by Disney; met and befriended another future animator, Pixar co-founder and director John Lasseter

Milestones

2015

Directed George Clooney and Britt Robertson in the science fiction fantasy "Tomorrowland," which he co-wrote with Damon Lindelof.

2011

Directed Tom Cruise in the action feature "Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol"

2007

Helmed "Ratatouille," a Pixar cartoon about a skinny rat who lives in a Parisian restaurant; also scripted; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

2004

Wrote and directed the Pixar animated feature "The Incredibles," about a family of undercover superheroes; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1999

Helmed the animated feature "The Iron Giant"

1993

Created the short-lived animated series "Family Dog" based on the segment he created for "Amazing Stories"

1992

Wrote and directed the segment of "Amazing Stories: Book Two" titled "Family Dog"

1989

Directed episodes of the animated Fox series "The Simpsons"; also served as consultant

1985

Wrote, directed and produced an episode of "Amazing Stories" (NBC) titled "Family Dog"

Bonus Trivia

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Was mentored at age 14 by Milt Kahl, one of Disney's legendary animators known as the Nine Old Men.

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Bird's fellow animation students at California Institute of the Arts included Pixar executive John Lasseter and director Tim Burton.

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In his eight seasons working on "The Simpsons" (1989 through 1997), Bird was a key influence on the look of the series.

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