Stanton in 2009
Andrew Stanton
Background information
Born December 3, 1965 (1965-12-03) (age 54)
Birthplace Rockport, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death
Alternate names
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Julie Stanton (1991-present)
Children 2

Andrew Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Pixar's A Bug's Life (1998) (as co-director), Finding Nemo (2003), and 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 is currently directing a sequel to Finding Nemo, entitled Finding Dory, scheduled for a June 2016 release.


Template:Expand section Stanton was one of several CalArts graduates hired by John Kricfalusi to work on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures at Ralph Bakshi's studio.[1]

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."[2] 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.

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.



Year Title Director Writer Executive
1987 A Story (short) Yes Yes Randy
The Goon Squad
(also producer)
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (TV series, 13 episodes) Yes
1988 Somewhere in the Arctic (short) Yes Yes Bahr
1995 Toy Story Yes Commercial Chorus
1998 A Bug's Life Yes Yes Bug Zapper Fly #1
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes Emperor Zurg
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Hamm
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
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
2018 Toy Story 4 Yes
2020 Fluffy Dogs Yes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Hopper
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Emperor Zurg
2003 Finding Nemo Crush
2003 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

Award and Nominations

Academy Awards

Year Category Film Result Lost to
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


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