Scanlon at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
|Born||June 21, 1976|
|Alma mater||Columbus College of Art and Design|
|Occupation||Film director, Storyboard artist, Animator|
|Employer||Pixar Animation Studios (2001–present)|
Scanlon grew up in Clawson, Michigan. When he was one year old and his brother three years old, their father died, and when they were teenagers, a relative gave them a brief audio recording of their father. Scanlon has said that these experiences helped inspire the story of Onward. He graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998.
Scanlon was an animator for Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, The Indescribable Nth and Joseph: King of Dreams. He served as a storyboard artist for The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure.
Scanlon joined Pixar in 2001, where he was a story artist for Cars and Toy Story 3. He co-directed the short film Mater and the Ghostlight. He illustrated part one of Unmentionables, a comic book written by his wife, Michele Scanlon, and wrote and directed the live-action feature film Tracy. Tracy was Scanlon's first feature film as a writer/director. He also served as a member of the senior creative team on Brave and Inside Out.
Scanlon directed the prequel film Monsters University, released in 2013, to positive reviews and commercial success. He subsequently directed the fantasy-road trip film Onward (2020), featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.
Scanlon and his wife Michele live in San Francisco and work together on projects under the production company name Caveat Productions.
|1998||Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||Yes||Direct-to-video|
|2000||The Indescribable Nth||Yes||Short film|
|The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea||Yes||Direct-to-video|
|Joseph: King of Dreams||Yes|
|2002||The Hunchback of Notre Dame II||Yes|
|101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Yes|
|Mater and the Ghostlight||Co-Director||Yes||Short film|
Also editor and cinematographer
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