Conrad Vernon

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Conrad Vernon
Born (1950-07-11) July 11, 1950 (age 66)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Director, storyboard artist, writer, voice actor
Years active 1991–present[1]

Conrad Vernon IV (born July 11, 1950)[2] is an American director, storyboard artist, writer, and voice actor, best known for his work on the DreamWorks animated film series Shrek as well as other films such as Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and Penguins of Madagascar. He also co-directed the adult animated film, Sausage Party, which is a spoof of his notable works in DreamWorks.

Life and career[edit]

Vernon, a native of Lubbock, Texas, studied at CalArts and worked as a storyboard artist on Cool World, 2 Stupid Dogs, Rocko's Modern Life, Nightmare Ned, and Morto the Magician.[3]

In 1996, he joined DreamWorks, where he worked as a storyboard artist on Antz.[1] After Antz proved a success as the first animated feature film to be produced by DreamWorks Animation, Vernon signed on as a writer for Shrek, where he was responsible for the Gingerbread Man, and eventually voiced that character. He also appeared in Shrek 4-D and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. In 2004, he made his feature film directorial debut with the Academy Award-nominated Shrek 2.[1] He voiced Mason the chimpanzee for the DreamWorks Animation films Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and its television series. He also provided the voice for Insectosaurus and directed the 3D animated film, Monsters vs. Aliens.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Cool World Character designer
Effects animator
1998 Antz[1] Storyboard artist
1999 Herd Pesion
2000 The Road to El Dorado Additional storyboard artist
2001 Shrek Gingerbread Man Writer: "Merry Men"
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party Short film
Morto the Magician Director
2003 Shrek 4-D Gingerbread Man
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Jed Additional storyboard artist
2004 Shrek 2 Gingerbread Man
Far Far Away Idol Gingerbread Man Short film
2005 Madagascar Mason Creative consultant
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper Creative consultant
2006 Over the Hedge Story artist
Flushed Away Take Out
2007 Shrek the Third Gingerbread Man
Headless Horseman
Bee Movie Freddy
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Mason
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Advisor Hawk
Advisor Dither
Secret Service Man #2
Mama Dietl
2010 Shrek Forever After Gingerbread Man
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Jameel
Puss in Boots Raoul
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Mason Director
2014 Penguins of Madagascar[4] Rico
2016 Sausage Party[5] Toilet paper Director, producer


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Ren & Stimpy Show[1] Storyboard artist
1993 Rocko's Modern Life
1993–1994 2 Stupid Dogs Storyboard artist
1994 Itsy Bitsy Spider Director
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Storyboard artist
Layout artist
1997 Nightmare Ned Storyboard artist
2007 Shrek the Halls Gingerbread Man
2009–2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Mason
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Man on Cell
2010 Scared Shrekless Gingerbread Man
Muffin Man
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Boar
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange various Executive Producer
2012 Gravity Falls Tate McGucket


  1. ^ a b c d e DreamWorks Animation. "Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted - Production Information" (PDF). Festival Cannes. p. 17. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cannes Film festival: Conrad Vernon". Archived from the original on 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2006-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Conrad Vernon (I)". IMDb. Retrieved 2006-06-01. 
  4. ^ Berkshire, Geoff (November 12, 2014). "Film Review: 'Penguins of Madagascar'". Variety. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 29, 2014). "Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Anders Holm Join 'Sausage Party' Voice Cast". The Wrap. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 

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