|Alma mater||Evergreen State College|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1994–present)|
Byron P. Howard (born December 26, 1968) is a Japanese-born American animator, character designer, story artist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He is best known as the director of the Walt Disney Animation Studios films Bolt (2008), Tangled (2010), Zootopia (2016), and Encanto (2021).
Early life and education
Howard was born in Misawa, Japan, and raised in both the outskirts of Philadelphia and Issaquah, Washington, United States, in a middle-class family. He attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Howard began his career at Disney in 1994, working as an animator on films including Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. He was nominated for a 2003 Annie Award for Character Animation for Brother Bear.
The first film Howard directed was the animated Disney film Bolt, which was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In his role as co-director of the film with Chris Williams, Howard focused on character design and animation. Howard went on to direct the animated Disney films Tangled (2010, co-directed with Nathan Greno) and Zootopia (2016, co-directed with Rich Moore). He and Greno also co-directed and wrote the animated short Tangled Ever After, which features supporting characters from Tangled and showed in theaters before the 2012 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast.
As of November 2016[update], Howard is working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on an original animated film. Howard will co-direct the film, tentatively titled Encanto, alongside Zootopia co-director Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith, while Miranda will write songs for the project, which will center on a girl from a magical Colombian family who lacks magic herself.
|1998||Mulan||No||No||Yes||No||No||Animator: Yao and Fa Family Ancestors|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch||No||No||Supervising||No||Yes||Supervising Animator: Cobra Bubbles|
|2003||Brother Bear||No||No||Supervising||No||No||Supervising Animator: Kenai - Bear|
|2005||Chicken Little||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Story Artist|
|2008||Bolt||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Screenplay Material|
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||No||No||No||No||No||Disney Story Trust - uncredited|
|2010||Tangled||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Guard 2/Thug 2|
|2011||Winnie the Pooh||No||No||No||No||No|
|2012||Wreck-It Ralph||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Visual Development|
|2013||Frozen||No||No||No||No||No||Disney Story Trust - uncredited|
|2014||Big Hero 6||No||No||No||No||Yes||Creative Leadership|
|2016||Zootopia||Yes||Story||No||No||Yes||Bucky Oryx-Antlerson/Travis||Visual Development Artist|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|2021||Raya and the Last Dragon||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Story, Studio and Creative Leadership|
|2012||Tangled Ever After||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Lantern Wrangler/Chef|
- 2008 – Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Bolt
- 2010 – Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Tangled
- 2017 – Won: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Zootopia
- 2008 – Nominated: Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Bolt
- 2017 – Won: Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Zootopia
- 2021 – Won: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Encanto
- Byron Howard [@ByronPHoward] (26 December 2015). "#Zootopia birthday wishes <3 thank you, my talented friend @LePrinceKido Can't wait to see you in Paris soon!" (Tweet) – via Twitter./photo/1
- "Imagining Zootopia - Part 7: Zootopia and Us". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
- Ally Sikora, "A long, drawn-out process," St. Petersburg Times, September 15, 2003.
- Ramin Zahed, "Byron Howard to Direct New Disney Feature," Animation Magazine, May 6, 2013.
- Borys Kit, "Disney, 'Tangled' Director Plot New Animated Feature With Jason Bateman," The Hollywood Reporter, May 3, 2013.
- "31st Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners," annieawards.org, 2003.
- Ellen Wolff, "Animated Oscar noms took long road," Variety, February 5, 2009.
- Peter Debruge, "Film Review: 'Zootopia'," Variety, February 12, 2016.
- Dan Sarto, "Byron Howard and Rich Moore Talk 'Zootopia'," Animation World Network, December 4, 2015.
- Christina Radish, "'Zootopia': Rich Moore, Byron Howard on Their Animated World, Frank Capra Influences," Collider, January 20, 2016.
- Noelene Clark, "'Tangled Ever After': Disney lets its hair down," Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2012.
- Buchanan, Kyle (November 15, 2016). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals He's Making a Secret Disney Film". Vulture. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- "Report: 'Zootopia' Directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush To Helm Disney Animation's Newest Film Centered on A Latinx Family". The DisnInsider. January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
- "Exclusive: Byron Howard and Jared Bush to Direct 'Encanto' For Walt Disney Animation Studios". The DisnInsider. June 17, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
- Evans, Greg (June 22, 2020). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Confirms New Disney Animated Movie Set In Colombia". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
- Andrew Stewart, "AMPAS invites 134 to join ranks," Variety, June 30, 2009.
- Goldman, Eric (February 18, 2016). "How Disney's Story Trust Helped Change Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and More". IGN. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- Sharpe, Josh (August 22, 2021). "Title Revealed for 2022 Animated Disney Film". The DisInsider. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
- Justin Kroll and Rachel Abrams, "Golden Globe Nomination Reactions" Variety, December 14, 2010.
- Donnelly, Jim. "ZOOTOPIA IS THE 2017 OSCAR WINNER FOR ANIMATED FEATURE FILM". The Oscars. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Ansari, Talal (2022-01-10). "Golden Globe Award Winners 2022: See the Full List, From 'The Power of the Dog' to 'Succession'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
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