Jared Bush

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Jared Bush
Born (1974-06-12) June 12, 1974 (age 45)
OccupationScreenwriter and television producer
Years active1998-present
Known forWriting and co-directing Zootopia
Co-creating Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero

Jared Bush is an American screenwriter and producer, best known for co-directing and co-writing the Disney animated film Zootopia in 2016, writing the Disney animated film Moana in the same year and co-creating and executive producing the Disney XD animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. He also co-founded the production company Dark Castle Entertainment.


Bush co-wrote the script of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia and also co-directed the film along with Byron Howard and Rich Moore.[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]


Year Title Writer Co-Director Other Note
2000 DAG
Assistant writer
2002 What Lies Beneath
Assistant: Mr. Rapke
2002 Baby Bob
Staff writer, co-producer, assistant to writers
2003 Totally Outrageous Behavior
2003 Dumber and Dumber
2003–04 Who Wants to Marry My Dad?
2003–07 All of Us
2014 Big Hero 6
Creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
2014–17 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
Co-creator, composer (1 episode), executive producer
2016 Zootopia
Co-director, screenwriter, story, voice of Pronk Oryx-Antlerson, creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Screenwriter, creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet
Creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
TBA Mancation[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category For Recipient(s) and nominee(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 [7]
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Jared Bush and Phil Johnston Won [8]
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America May 20, 2017 Ray Bradbury Award Nominated [9]


  1. ^ Graser, Marc (August 9, 2013). "D23 Expo: Disney Reveals Animated 'Zootopia' for 2016". variety.com. 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 9781452154053. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Moana Press Kit" (PDF). WDSMediaFile.com (The Walt Disney Studios). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 27, 2016. 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.com. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (April 17, 2007). "New Line, Bush take a Mancation". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Merin, Jennifer (December 16, 2016). "2016 AWFJ EDA | Award Nominees". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  8. ^ McCue, Michelle (December 16, 2016). "'Arrival', 'La La Land', 'Hell or High Water' Among The Nominees for the 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards". WeAreMovieGeeks.com. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "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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