Adrian Molina

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Adrian Molina
Adrian Molina 2017.jpg
Born (1985-08-23) August 23, 1985 (age 36)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationAnimator, storyboard artist, screenwriter, director, lyricist
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (2007-present)
Known forCoco

Adrian Molina (born August 23, 1985) is an American animator, storyboard artist, screenwriter, director, and lyricist. He has been at Pixar since 2007, where he started as a 2D animator on Ratatouille. He later moved on to be a storyboard artist, working on Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. After writing for The Good Dinosaur, Molina started his first assignment as a screenplay writer, for Coco, and later went on to co-direct the film.[1][2] Molina also illustrated the Little Golden Book for Toy Story 3.[3]

A native of Northern California, he grew up in Grass Valley, CA, and he graduated from Bear River High School in 2003, to subsequently attend & graduate from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. He is of Mexican descent.[4]


Year Title Director Writer Story Artist Songwriter Other Notes
2007 Ratatouille No No No No Yes Animator: End Titles
2010 Toy Story 3 No No Yes No No
2013 Monsters University No No Yes No Yes Additional Screenplay Material
Opening Title Designer and Director
2015 The Good Dinosaur No No No No Yes Additional Screenplay Material
2017 Coco Co-Director Yes No Yes Yes Additional Voices
2019 Toy Story 4 No No No No Yes Senior Creative Team
2020 Onward No No No No Yes
Soul No No No No Yes
2021 Luca No No No No Yes Additional Story Contributions
Senior Creative Team
2022 Turning Red[5] No No No No Yes Senior Creative Team
Lightyear[6] No No No No Yes


  1. ^ "Pixar Coco plot details revealed |". Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  2. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "Pixar's Coco Is a "Love Letter to Mexico" When It's Needed Most". HWD. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  3. ^ Spring Into Action! (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3) by Annie Auerbach |
  4. ^ "'Coco's Mexican-American Co-Director Adrian Molina Reveals Origins of Pixar's Día de Muertos Film".
  5. ^ Julie & T.J. (December 11, 2020). "Pixar Announces 'Turning Red' Directed by Domee Shi - Coming Spring 2022". Pixar Post. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  6. ^ Julie & T.J. (December 10, 2020). "Pixar Announces 'Lightyear' – An Origin Story of the Human Buzz Lightyear – Coming Summer 2022". Pixar Post. Retrieved December 11, 2020.

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