Andrew Stanton

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Andrew Stanton
Andrew Stanton cropped 2009.jpg
Stanton at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born (1965-12-03) December 3, 1965 (age 52)
Rockport, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active 1987–present
Notable work A Bug's Life
Finding Nemo
John Carter
Finding Dory
Stranger Things
Julie Stanton (m. 1991)
Children 2

Andrew Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and voice actor based at Pixar, which he joined in 1990.[1] His film work includes writing and directing Pixar's A Bug's Life (1998) (as co-director), Finding Nemo (2003) and its sequel Finding Dory (2016), WALL-E (2008), and the live-action film, Disney's John Carter (2012). He also co-wrote all three Toy Story films and Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Finding Nemo and WALL-E earned him two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. He was also nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, for Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Toy Story (1995), and for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Toy Story 3 (2010). Stanton also directed the sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, which was released in June 2016, and two episodes of the series Stranger Things in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Stanton was born in Rockport, Massachusetts. Stanton is a professed Christian.[2]


He was one of several CalArts graduates hired by John Kricfalusi to work on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures at Ralph Bakshi's studio.[3]

He was hired by Pixar's animation group in January 1990 studio as its second animator and ninth employee.[4] Back then the company was not yet an animation studio, and their animation group was dedicated to making television commercials as a step towards their goal of making the first animated feature.[5]

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."[6] In addition to his direction and writing work for Pixar, he has also done some voice work, most notably as Evil Emperor Zurg in Toy Story 2 (1999) and Crush in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

Stanton made his live-action directing debut with Disney's John Carter. The film is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, A Princess of Mars.

Stanton is Vice-president of Creativity at Pixar.

On February 10, 2017, it was revealed by Entertainment Weekly that Stanton was going to direct two episodes of the second season of Stranger Things.[7]



Year Title Director Writer Executive
1986 Somewhere in the Arctic (short)[8] Yes Yes Bahr
1987 A Story (short)[8] Yes Yes Randy
The Goon Squad
(also producer)
1995 Toy Story Yes Commercial Chorus
1998 A Bug's Life Co-director Yes Bug Zapper Fly #1
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes Emperor Zurg
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Hamm (replacing John Ratzenberger)
2001 Monsters, Inc. Yes Yes
2003 Finding Nemo Yes Yes Crush
New England Lobster
Additional voices
Exploring the Reef Yes
2004 The Incredibles Additional voices
2006 Cars Fred
2007 Ratatouille Yes
2008 WALL-E Yes Yes Additional voices
BURN-E (short) Yes Yes
Presto (short) Yes
2009 Up Yes
Partly Cloudy (short) Yes
2010 Toy Story 3 Yes
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman Crush
2012 John Carter Yes Yes
Brave Yes
2013 Monsters University Yes
Toy Story of Terror! (short) Yes
2015 Inside Out Yes
The Good Dinosaur Yes
2016 Finding Dory Yes Yes Crush
Additional Voices
Piper (short) Yes
2019 Toy Story 4 Yes


Year Title Director Writer Storyboard artist Notes
1987 Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures No Yes No 13 episodes
1994 2 Stupid Dogs No No Yes Episode: "Cookies, Ookies, Blookies"
1995 The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa No No Yes Episode: "Good Mousekeeping"
2017 Stranger Things Yes No No 2 episodes[9]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Hopper Replacing Kevin Spacey
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Emperor Zurg
2003 Finding Nemo Crush
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure Emperor Zurg
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship Fred
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Emperor Zurg Uncredited
PS3 version only
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Crush / Emperor Zurg
2013 Disney Infinity Emperor Zurg Uncredited
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Crush
2018 Lego The Incredibles Seagulls

Award and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Category Film Result Shared With
1995 Best Original Screenplay Toy Story Nominated Shared With Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft
2003 Best Animated Feature Finding Nemo Won N/A
Best Original Screenplay Nominated Shared with Bob Peterson and David Reynolds
2008 Best Animated Feature WALL-E Won N/A
Best Original Screenplay Nominated Shared With Jim Reardon and Pete Docter
2010 Best Adapted Screenplay Toy Story 3 Nominated Shared With Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, and Lee Unkrich


  1. ^ "Pixar's Andrew Stanton, Animating From Life". 
  2. ^ Moring, Mark (June 24, 2008). "The Little Robot That Could". Christianity Today. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Thill, Scott (January 5, 2010). "Q&A: Toon Titan John Kricfalusi Hails Mighty Mouse Rebirth". Wired. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pixar's Andrew Stanton, Animating From Life". 
  5. ^ Paik, Karen (3 November 2015). "To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios". Chronicle Books – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Megan Basham (2006-06-28). "WALL-E world". World Magazine. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  7. ^ "#FindingDory director Andrew Stanton will tackle two episodes of #StrangerThings season 2". Entertainment Weekly. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Simon, Ben (December 27, 2012). "Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2". Animated Views. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ Stack, Tim (February 10, 2017). "Finding Dory director to helm 2 episodes of Stranger Things 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 

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