Bonnie Arnold

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Bonnie Arnold
Bonnie Arnold in 2006
Born1955 (age 63–64)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1984–present
Notable work
Toy Story
How to Train Your Dragon
Over the Hedge

Bonnie Arnold (born 1955) is an American film producer who has worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. Arnold grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked her way to Hollywood and caught the wave of computer-animation. Since 2015, Arnold has been co-president of feature animation for DreamWorks Animation.

Life and career[edit]

Arnold has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in journalism from Boston University. Her interest in journalism led her to her first professional assignment as unit publicist for American Playhouse's debut production, King of America.:[1] Arnold's first job on a Hollywood feature was as production coordinator for Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife, a 1984 film shot in Atlanta and produced by Ray Stark, who was responsible for many of Simon and Barbra Streisand's movie hits. "I got a real sense of filmmaking the Hollywood way," Arnold recalls. :[2] From there, she freelanced in film production in Atlanta and met producer David Picker, who invited her to work at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles. While working on a Tony Scott movie called Revenge at Columbia, Bonnie met Kevin Costner and ended up joining the Dances with Wolves production as associate producer. In 1992, Bonnie was recruited by Peter Schneider and John Lasseter to work on Toy Story for Disney.[3] When Toy Story became a box office smash, she produced Tarzan, overseeing a crew of 1,100 and a $130 million budget—four and a third times that of Toy Story. In 2001, after she finished Tarzan, Jeffrey Katzenberg invited Bonnie to produce Over the Hedge at DreamWorks Animation.[4] Bonnie continues to work on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

After DreamWorks saw a series of financially disappointing films, DreamWorks Animation named Arnold co-president of feature animation in early 2015. Along with Mireille Soria, she is tasked with overseeing creative development and production of DWA's theatrical releases.[5] In 2016, Soria stepped down from her role as co-president to return to producing, leaving Arnold the sole president of feature animation.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dances with Wolves Associate Producer
1991 The Addams Family
1995 Toy Story Producer
1999 Tarzan
2006 Over the Hedge
2009 The Last Station
2010 How to Train Your Dragon
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World



  1. ^ "Producers & Directors". Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "Whistling While She Works". Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "Our People: Bonnie Arnold". Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Our People: Bonnie Arnold". Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Graser, Marc (January 4, 2015). "DreamWorks Animation Names Bonnie Arnold, Mireille Soria Co-Presidents of Feature Animation". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Breaking: Mireille Soria Out As Dreamworks Animation's Co-President". Cartoon Brew. 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  7. ^ DreamWorks Animation (September 2, 2014). "Highest Grossing Animated Film of the Year Continues to Breathe Fire Into Global Box Office Third Chapter of Epic Story Lands on June 9, 2017". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved October 20, 2014.

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