Bob Barlen

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Bob Barlen
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Robert George Barlen

(1980-07-27) July 27, 1980 (age 39)
Alma materRyerson University
Canadian Film Centre
OccupationScreenwriter, Producer
Years active2003–present
Notable work
Escape from Planet Earth, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Robert George Barlen (born July 27, 1980), best known as Bob Barlen, is a Canadian screenwriter and producer. He is best known for having co-written The Weinstein Company's animated film Escape from Planet Earth (2013), and produced and co-written The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017), both in collaboration with his business partner Cal Brunker, who served as the director for both films.


Upon graduating from Ryerson University, Barlen attended the Directors' Lab at the Canadian Film Centre.[1]

He co-wrote the screenplay for Escape from Planet Earth,[2] which was released to theaters February 15, 2013.

Barlen produced and co-wrote the sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, starring Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and Katherine Heigl, which was theatrically released by Open Road Films on August 11, 2017.[3]

He co-wrote the screenplay for The Son of Bigfoot, a Belgian CGI-animated film, for nWave Pictures that is due to be released in August 2017, and for Arctic Dogs, a Canadian CGI-animated feature film, for AMBI Pictures that is due to be released in January 2018. His next screenplay work is Cranston Academy: Monster Zone, a Mexican-British-Canadian animated horror-comedy film starring Jamie Bell and Ruby Rose, which is produced by Ánima Estudios and Prime Focus World.[4]


  1. ^ "The Canadian Film Centre :: Alumni". 2013-01-28. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Animated Film 'Escape From Planet Earth' Gets Voice Cast". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "'The Nut Job 2' Gets May 2017 Release Date". Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  4. ^ Grater, Tom (1 November 2019). "Jamie Bell, Ruby Rose To Voice Animation 'Cranston Academy: Monster Zone' For DDI – AFM". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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