John Kahrs

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John Kars
Occupation Animator, director
Known for Paperman

John Kahrs is an American Animator and Filmmaker.

Kahrs began his career at Pixar, where he worked on such films as A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. After mov­ing over to Dis­ney, he animated on Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, and was an animation supervisor on Tangled.[1]

In 2013, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2012 short film, Paperman.[2]

In August 2013, he left Walt Disney Animation Studios to develop his own projects.[3] In January 2014, it was reported that he will direct for Paramount Animation an animated film Shedd.[4]


Year Title Director Animator Actor Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Yes
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Yes Also character developer
2002 Mike's New Car Yes Short film
2004 The Incredibles Yes Also character developer
2007 Ratatouille Yes
2008 Bolt Yes
2010 Tangled Yes Animation supervisor
2012 Paperman Yes Yes George Short film
Wreck-It Ralph Yes
2013 Frozen Yes
TBA Shedd Yes


  1. ^ Koch, Dave (January 23, 2014). "Paperman Director Lands At Paramount". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The 85th Academy Awards (2013) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. February 24, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Lang, Brent (September 3, 2013). "Disney Animation, ‘Paperman’ Director Part Ways". The Wrap. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (January 22, 2014). "Paramount Animation Taps ‘Paperman’s’ John Kahrs to Direct ‘Shedd’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 

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