|Born||Glenn John McQueen
December 24, 1960
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||October 29, 2002
Berkeley, California, United States
Cause of death
|Alma mater||Sheridan College|
McQueen graduated from Canada's renowned Sheridan College in 1985. He was sent by Sheridan on a scholarship to the New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Lab, where he worked as head of the 3-D production department, which made film effects, TV commercials and scientific visuals.
McQueen was an original member of the Pacific Data Images Character Animation Group which he joined in 1991. He worked on projects like The Last Halloween, Slide Show, Sleepwalkers and Angels in the Outfield.
In 1994 he moved to Pixar Animation Studios (partly due to his interest in Toy Story and his respect for John Lasseter), where he supervised the animation on Pixar's early successes, including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc..
- The Last Halloween (1991) (director) (short film)
- Sleepwalkers (animator)
- Angels in the Outfield (1994) (character animator)
- Toy Story (1995) (animator: Sheriff Woody)
- A Bug's Life (1998) (supervising animator)
- Toy Story 2 (1999) (supervising animator: Sheriff Woody)
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) (animator: Boo)
- Finding Nemo (2003) (dedication; told at the end of the movie)
- Cars and Cars 2 (2006, 2011) (main character dedicated to him)
He and his wife, Terry, had a daughter. Glenn was previously married to Audrey Fleisher, a Creative Director in NYC. He lived as a father.
On October 29, 2002, McQueen died from melanoma in Berkeley, California, at the age of 41. His death occurred during the production of Finding Nemo, which is dedicated to him (the tribute appears in the final credits). His former colleagues also paid homage by naming the main character in the film Cars ("Lightning McQueen") The name "McQueen" is also a reference to film star Steve McQueen, who was known for his racing exploits both on film and in real life. (In addition to his role in Le Mans, Steve McQueen did his own driving in the famous car chase in Bullitt and the motorcycle sequence in The Great Escape.) The DVD release of Finding Nemo contains a hidden video, "Glenn McQueen Tribute", which can be accessed through the last page of the Visual Commentary section's index on the DVD.
Glenn has admirers all over the world for his work, and has been hailed as one of the best animators in the field. Pixar co-founder John Lasseter called McQueen "the heart and soul of our animation department", and also said that “Glenn is not gone from us. He’s still alive in all of us.”
Pixar Animation Studios had plans underway to open a new studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which would be named the Glenn McQueen Pixar Animation Center to honor McQueen. It was planned to be around 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) and be located in the downtown area of Vancouver. They were looking to hire 75 to 100 people most of them being Canadians. The new studio would mainly focus on producing short films and TV episodes based on Pixar characters. Job qualifications were released in 2009. The studio opened in spring 2010. It produced many shorts including Small Fry (2011) and Partysaurus Rex (2012). In October 2013, the studio was closed down in order to re-focus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters.
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