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Darla K. Anderson
Anderson in October 2010 attending 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman's Reception at the home of Stuart Suna in East Hampton, New York
Darla Kay Anderson

(1968-10-22) October 22, 1968 (age 55)
OccupationFilm producer
(m. 2004⁠–⁠2004)
(m. 2008)
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Animated Feature
Coco (2017)

Darla Kay Anderson (born October 22, 1968) is an American film producer who formerly worked at Pixar Animation Studios.[2] She sits on the national board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.[3]

Life and career[edit]

She produced the 2010 film Toy Story 3,[4][5] which was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Picture and which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Previously, Anderson won a Golden Satellite Award for A Bug's Life, a BAFTA award for A Bug's Life and Monsters, Inc. and a Producer's Guild Award for Cars.[6]

The 2008 Guinness Book of World Records lists Anderson as having the highest average movie gross for a producer: $221 million per movie,[2] and in 2011 the Wall Street Journal listed a combined gross for the four movies she's produced of over $2 billion.[7]

Anderson was born and raised in Glendale, California. She studied environmental design at San Diego State University. Before coming to Pixar in 1993,[8] she worked as an executive producer at Angel Studios.[6][9] The character Darla in Finding Nemo was created by the director and screenwriter Andrew Stanton to get back at her for playing practical jokes on him.[6][9]

On March 8, 2018, it was announced that Anderson left Pixar to pursue other opportunities.[10] In January 2019, it was reported that Anderson had signed a multi-year development deal with Netflix, in which she will develop and produce new animated and live-action projects.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is married to Kori Rae, also a Pixar producer, who produced Monsters University. They live together in Noe Valley, San Francisco.[1]

They met in 1991 when Anderson, a San Francisco newcomer, joined a softball team that Rae managed. Anderson and Rae started dating in 2001, during the last year of Monsters, Inc. Since then, they have decided not to work together on the same films. They first married on Presidents' Day 2004 while San Francisco was issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but those licenses were voided by the state Supreme Court.[12]

They married again in 2008, after that court declared same-sex marriage legal but before Proposition 8 took effect.[1][13]

Anderson's nephew, Jack Taylor, scored an NCAA record 138 points playing college basketball. She helped him pay to attend basketball camps at upper-tier colleges while he was growing up.[14]


Year Title Role
1995 Toy Story Digital Angel
1997 Geri's Game Special Thanks
1998 It's Tough to Be a Bug Executive Producer
A Bug's Life Producer[15][16]
2001 Monsters, Inc.
2002 Mike's New Car Special Thanks
2003 Exploring the Reef
2006 Cars Producer[15]
Mater and the Ghostlight Executive Producer
2007 Ratatouille Pixar Productions
2008 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales Special Thanks
2009 Up
2010 Toy Story 3 Producer
2011 Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation Special Thanks
Cars 2
2012 Brave
2013 Monsters University
2015 Sanjay's Super Team
The Good Dinosaur
2016 Finding Dory
2017 Cars 3
Coco Producer[17][18]
2018 Incredibles 2 Special Thanks

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hartlaub, Peter (June 28, 2013). "'The classic lesbian love story': Pixar 'Monsters' producers in love". SFGate. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b 2008 Guinness Book of World Records. Bantam Dell. 2007. p. 311.
  3. ^ "Officers, Board Members & Staff – Producers Guild of America". Producersguild.org. Archived from the original on April 4, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (February 10, 2011). "THE CARPETBAGGER; Animation Advocacy, Pixar Style". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Most Powerful Women of the 2011 Academy Awards". Forbes. February 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Darla K. Anderson, Pixartalk.com, Retrieved February 26, 2010
  7. ^ Kung, Michelle (November 5, 2011). "Pixar Producer Darla K. Anderson on 'Toy Story 3'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Grady, Pam (June 13, 2010). "It was love at first screening for Pixar producer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Ben Fritz (July 30, 2007). "Darla Anderson – Women's Impact Report 2007 – Variety". Variety. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  10. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 8, 2018). "'Coco' Oscar-Winning Producer Darla K. Anderson Leaving Pixar (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Lang, Brent (January 31, 2019). "Netflix Signs Development Deal With Oscar-Winning 'Coco' Producer Darla K. Anderson (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "California Court Nullifies Same-Sex Marriages". PBS NewsHour. August 12, 2004. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  13. ^ "Statement of Vote: 2008 General Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. December 13, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  14. ^ Prisbell, Eric (December 24, 2013). "Once lost in pursuit of points, Grinnell's Jack Taylor finds contentment". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 5, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Darla K. Anderson > Filmography". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  16. ^ Nichols, Peter M. (February 3, 2004). The New York Times guide to the best 1,000 movies ever made. St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 658–. ISBN 978-0-312-32611-1. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  17. ^ Dickey, Josh (April 24, 2012). "Pixar announces Latin-themed feature". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  18. ^ Graser, Marc (April 2, 2013). "'Finding Nemo' Sequel 'Finding Dory' Swims Thanksgiving 2015". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2013.

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