|Born||1960 (age 52–53)
|Occupation||Film director, animator, screenwriter|
Eric Darnell (born 1960) is an American director, writer, songwriter, animator and occasional voice actor. He is best known for co-directing Antz with Tim Johnson, as well as co-directing Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted with Tom McGrath.
Life and career 
Darnell was born in Kansas. He attended Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he was a writer for the school newspaper the Harbinger. He studied broadcast journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating in 1983, he spent four years working on experimental films, which helped him get accepted into the Experimental Animation program study at the California Institute of the Arts.
When Darnell graduated, he joined Pacific Data Images, where he worked as a character animator on the 1991 Hanna-Barbera Halloween special The Last Halloween. He also directed the short film Gas Planet. In 1998, he made his directorial debut for the movie Antz for PDI/DreamWorks. He worked on research and development for PDI in The Prince of Egypt. He then worked as the writer for the song "Welcome to Duloc" on the 2001 film Shrek, for which he also worked as story artist.
- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) (Director, writer, voice actor)
- Merry Madagascar (2009) (Writer)
- The Penguins of Madagascar (2008–2010) (Writer)
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) (Director, writer, voice actor)
- Madagascar (2005) (Director, writer, voice actor)
- Antz (1998) (Director)
- Big Smoke (1993, PDI) (Director)
- Gas Planet (1992, PDI) (Director)
- "Get Up" music video (Director)
- Filter Gallery (1991, CalArts) (Director)
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