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Jared Bush

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Jared Bush
Born (1974-06-12) June 12, 1974 (age 50)
  • Screenwriter
  • producer
  • director
Years active1998–present
SpousePamela McDonald
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Animated Feature
Encanto (2021)

Jared Bush (born June 12, 1974) is an American screenwriter, producer and director. He is best known for co-writing and co-directing the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Zootopia (2016), writing the film Moana (2016), and writing, directing, and winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the film Encanto (2021), besides co-creating and executive producing the Disney XD animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.[1][2]


He joined the Zootopia project early on, before it evolved from a spy film into a police procedural; he was excited to work on a spy film because both his father and grandfather had worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.[3]

He also wrote the screenplay of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Moana.[4]

Bush co-created the animated television series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.[5] In 2021, Bush directed Encanto about a Colombian magical family alongside Howard with Charise Castro Smith as co-director.[6] Bush also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Castro Smith.



Year Title Director Writer Executive
Other Voice Note
2000 What Lies Beneath No No No Yes Assistant: Mr. Rapke
2014 Big Hero 6 No No No Yes Creative Leadership
2016 Zootopia Co-Director Yes No Yes Pronk Oryx-Antlerson
Moana No Screenplay No Yes
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet No No No Yes
2019 Frozen II No No No Yes
2021 Raya and the Last Dragon No No Yes Yes
Encanto Yes Yes No Yes
2022 Strange World No No No Yes
2023 Wish No No No Yes


Year Title Creator Producer Writer Story editor Composer
2000 DAG No No Assistant No No
2002 Baby Bob No Co-Producer Staff No No
2003 Totally Outrageous Behavior No No Yes No No
2003 Dumber and Dumber No No Yes No No
2003–04 Who Wants to Marry My Dad? No No Yes No No
2003–07 All of Us No Co-Producer Yes Executive No
2014–17 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Yes Executive Yes No Yes

Short films[edit]

Year Title Executive
Other Voice Notes
2022 Zootopia+ Yes Yes Pronk Oryx-Antlerson Disney+ Original short films

Unrealized projects[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category For Recipient(s) Result Ref.
BET Comedy Awards 2005 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series All of Us Jared Bush, Arthur Harris, Stacy A. Littlejohn, Lori Lakin, Jewel Wormley, Josh Wolf, Demetrius Andre Bady, Byron Hord, Ray Lancon, John Simmons, Rob Rosell, Chad Drew, Betsy Borns Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Award 2017 Best Animated Feature Zootopia Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Rich Moore Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists December 21, 2016 Best Animated Film Won [8]
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Jared Bush and Phil Johnston Won [9]
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America May 20, 2017 Ray Bradbury Award Nominated [10]


  1. ^ "D23 Expo: Disney Reveals Animated 'Zootopia' for 2016". Variety. August 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Walt Disney Animation Studios Reveals New Zootopia Concept Art". comingsoon.net. March 3, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Julius, Jessica (2016). The Art of Zootopia. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4521-5405-3. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Moana Press Kit" (PDF). The Walt Disney Studios Media File. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 3, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Siegel, Lucas (March 27, 2015). "Penn Zero: Become A Part-Time Hero with Sam Levine, Jared Bush, and Balls". ComicBook. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (June 22, 2020). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Confirms New Disney Animated Movie Set In Colombia". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (April 17, 2007). "New Line, Bush take a Mancation". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Merin, Jennifer (December 16, 2016). "2016 AWFJ EDA | Award Nominees". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  9. ^ McCue, Michelle (December 16, 2016). "'Arrival', 'La La Land', 'Hell or High Water' Among The Nominees for the 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Nebula Awards Nominees and Winners: Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation". Nebula Awards. Archived from the original on May 1, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.

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