Brad Bird
Deborah Coleman / Pixar
United States

Pixar Animation Studios


Film Director

With “Incredibles 2,” Bird wrote and directed his first animated film in more than a decade — and audiences made the sequel to his 2004 hit Pixar’s top performer, bringing in $1.1 billion worldwide. He’s been a top name in animation ever since winning audiences over with heartfelt sci-fi tale “The Iron Giant,” burnishing that reputation after he joined Pixar and helmed “Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” Bird has served as a key creative at Pixar, on the senior decision-making team for the likes of “Monsters University” and “Brave,” and stands poised to continue in that role even as he’s taken on live-action work with “Tomorrowland” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” He received the Creative Impact Award at Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch this year.




  • California Institute of the Arts (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Comedy Impact
  • Creative Impact Award
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Brad Bird Offers Advice to Animators

Brad Bird Offers Advice to Animators

Director Brad Bird offered some sage advice for newcomers to the animation field: "Make films that you, yourself would want to see."At Variety's 10 Animators to Watch event in May, Bird warned against films that pander to a younger audience, instead recommending that animators pay attention to their own, more mature tastes when developing their ideas. In his own career, Bird said he's actively tried to make movies for adults to enjoy, the likes of which include "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," and "The Fox...


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