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Ash Brannon (born July 19th,1969 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American animator, writer, and director who was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2. Besides working at Pixar, he has also worked with Universal Animation Studios on Magina, M.I.S.S.I.O.N. and Computeropolis 3DreamWorks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf's Up. He also directed and wrote the 2016 computer-animated film Rock Dog and the 2018 Glass Ball Productions animated film Real Tag, a remake of the 2015 Japanese live-action film Tag, which in turn is inspired by the title of the novel Riaru Onigokko by Yusuke Yamada.

Brannon studied visual arts 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 Animation's 1989 film The Little Mermaid. 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 DVD audio commentary, Al McWhiggin's license plate "LZTYBRN" is Brannon's actual license plate.

Filmography Edit

Year Film Role Notes
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
2001 Mistress Masham's Repose Additional Story Artist
2002 The Gabriel Garza Movie Story Artist
Me & Mobo Story Artist
2003 Magina Director, Story
2004 Computeropolis Story Artist
2005 M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Security Guard/Additional Voices Co-Director
2006 Over the Hedge Additional Story Artist
Open Season Special Thanks
2007 Surf's Up Filmmaker #1 Co-Director, Screenplay
Computeropolis 2 Story Artist
2008 Swapped Additional Story Artist
2009 Woo La La Additional Story Artist
2010 Computeropolis 3 Alex/Additional Voices Co-Director, Story
2011 Gabriel Garza Story Artist
2013 Quest Additional Story Artist
2014 Gabriel Garza 2 Story Artist
2015 Luna & Zak Story Artist
2016 Rock Dog Ian Director, Writer
Imagimals Additional Story Artist
2017 Lix Additional Story Artist
2018 Computeropolis: The Deep Web Baboon Story, Additional Story Artist
Cool Spot Story Artist
Real Tag Old Man/Young Man Director, Writer
2019 Addie Story Artist