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Ash Brannon
Ashley Peter Brannon

(1969-07-19) July 19, 1969 (age 52)
OccupationFilm director, animator, storyboard artist, screenwriter, animation teacher, voice actor
Years active1989–present

Ashley Peter Brannon (born July 19, 1969) is an American animator, storyboard artist, 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. He also directed and wrote the 2016 computer-animated film Rock Dog.

Early life

Brannon was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia.


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 from 1990 to 1992.[citation needed] 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.!.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2007 on Surf's Up.[citation needed]

According to the Toy Story 2 DVD audio commentary, Al McWhiggin's licence plate "LZTYBRN," is Brannon's actual licence plate.[citation needed]



Year Film Director Writer Animator Story Artist Other Voice Role Notes
1989 The Little Mermaid No No No No Yes Animation Trainee
1995 Toy Story No No Directing Yes No
1998 A Bug's Life No No No Yes No
1999 Toy Story 2 Co-Director Original Story Yes No Yes New Character Designs
2006 Over the Hedge No No No Additional No
Open Season No No No No Yes Special Thanks
2007 Surf's Up Yes Screenplay No No Yes Filmmaker #1
2016 Rock Dog Yes Yes No Yes Yes Ian [3]
2022 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania No No No Yes No


Year Film Director Writer Animator Other Voice Role Notes
2021 Arcane[4] TBA Yes TBA TBA In production; Netflix series

Video games

Year Title Notes
1995 Toy Story: The Video Game Pixar: Animator
1996 Toy Story: Animated Storybook Disco Godfather (as "Ashley Brannon")
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Special Thanks
Toy Story 2 Activity Center


  1. ^ Price, David A. (5 May 2009). The Pixar Touch. Random House Digital. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-307-27829-6. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ Clarke, Frederick S. (2002). Cinefantastique. Vol. 34. F. S. Clarke. p. 15. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  3. ^ Amidi, Amid (3 August 2015). "5 Things You Need To Know About The Chinese/American Feature 'Rock Dog'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Arcane: When Will It Happen On Big Screens To Know Click Here!". Premiere Next. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2021.