Clay Kaytis

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Clay Kaytis
United States
OccupationAnimator, film director
Years active1995 - present
Known fordirector and disney
Spouse(s)Monica Lago-Kaytis

Clay Kaytis is an American animator and film director, best known for directing the animated film The Angry Birds Movie. He has been the head of animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios.


Kaytis started his career as an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and became the head of animation for the studio.[1] His main credits at Disney included Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen.[2] After working nineteen years, he left the studio in 2013.[3]

Kaytis made his directing debut with The Angry Birds Movie, which he co-directed with Fergal Reilly for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film was based on the Rovio Entertainment's video game Angry Birds. Jon Vitti wrote the screenplay for the film, which was released on May 20, 2016.[3][4] Kaytis then made his live-action directing debut with The Christmas Chronicles for Netflix, which was released on November 22, 2018.[5]

In late September 2016, it was announced that Kaytis will direct The Lunch Witch for Amblin Partners.[6]


Year Title Credits Characters
1995 Pocahontas Inbetweener: Additional Clean-Up Animation
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Breakdown Clopin Trouillefou
1997 Hercules Rough Inbetweener
1998 Mulan Rough Inbetweener
1999 Tarzan Additional Rough Inbetweener
2000 Fantasia 2000 Animating Assistant
The Emperor's New Groove Animator Pacha
2002 Treasure Planet Animator Scroop
2004 Home on the Range Animator Farm Animals
2005 Chicken Little Animator Buck "Ace" Cluck
2007 Meet the Robinsons Animator
2008 Bolt Supervising Animator
2009 Super Rhino (Video short) Animator
2010 Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (TV Series) Voice
Tangled Animation Supervisor
2012 Tangled Ever After (Short) Animation Supervisor
Paperman (Short) Final Line Animator
Wreck-It Ralph Animator / End Credit Animation Design
2013 Get a Horse! (Short) Special Thanks / Additional Thanks
Frozen Animator
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Director with Fergal Reilly/ Voice Clayton the Waiter Bird
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Director
2022 The Lunch Witch Director


  1. ^ Sarto, Dan (May 31, 2011). "An Interview with Disney Supervising Animator Clay Kaytis". AWN. Retrieved May 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 13, 2015). "'Angry Birds' Director Clay Kaytis Signs With WME". Deadline. Retrieved 17 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Amidi, Amid (October 9, 2013). "Animation Vets Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly Will Direct "Angry Birds" Feature". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Roberts, Sheila (May 15, 2016). "'The Angry Birds Movie': Fergal Reilly & Clay Kaytis on Transitioning from Animators to Directors". Retrieved May 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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