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Ash Brannon

Ash Brannon
Born 1969 (age 46–47)
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Occupation Film director, Animator, Screenwriter, Animation Teacher
Years active 1989 - Present

Ashton "Ash" Brannon (born 1969 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American animator, writer and director. He was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story[1] and co-director on Toy Story 2.[2] Besides working at Pixar he has also worked with DreamWorks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf's Up.

Brannon studied TV/Film at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida for high school and went on to CalArts for further education. Studying in CalArts Character Animation program, Brannon likewise practiced his skills in animation as a trainee for Disney's The Little Mermaid. From 1990-92. In the meantime, Brannon served as an animator for such projects as Nike's Hare Jordan Super Bowl ad in 1992 and the television series That's Warner Bros.!.

He won an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on Toy Story 2. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2007 on Surf's Up.

According to the Toy Story 2 commentary Al McWhiggin's license plate reads "LZTYBRN," which is "Al's Toy Barn" minus the vowel letters. It is also the actual license plate of Ash Brannon.


Year Film Job
1989 The Little Mermaid Animation Trainee
1995 Toy Story Directing Animator, Story Artist
1998 A Bug's Life Story Artist
1999 Toy Story 2 Co-Director, Story, Animator
2006 Over the Hedge Additional Story Artist
2006 Open Season Special Thanks
2007 Surf's Up Co-Director, Screenplay, voice of Filmmaker #1


  1. ^ Price, David A. (2009-05-05). The Pixar Touch. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-307-27829-6. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Frederick S. (2002). Cinefantastique 34. F. S. Clarke. p. 15. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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