John Kahrs

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John Kahrs
Born1967/1968 (age 50–51)[1]
EducationBachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Alma materNSCAD University
OccupationAnimator, director
Years active1990–present
Known forPaperman
Spouse(s)Gennie Rim[2]

John Kahrs is an American animator and film director.

Kahrs attended NSCAD University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990.[2] He began his career at Blue Sky Studios in New York, where he worked as an animator between 1990 and 1997.[3] He later moved to Pixar, where he worked on such films as A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. After ten years at Pixar,[3] he moved over to Disney, where he animated on Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, and was an animation supervisor on Tangled.[4]

In 2013, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2012 short film, Paperman.[5]

In August 2013, he left Walt Disney Animation Studios to develop his own projects.[6] In January 2014, it was reported that he will direct for Paramount Animation an animated film Shedd.[7]


Year Title Director Animator Actor Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Yes
1999 Toy Story 2 Yes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Yes Also character developer
2002 Mike's New Car Yes Short film
2004 The Incredibles Yes Also character developer
2007 Ratatouille Yes
2008 Bolt Yes
2010 Tangled Yes Animation supervisor
2012 Paperman Yes Yes George Short film
Wreck-It Ralph Yes
2013 Frozen Yes
TBA Shedd Yes


  1. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (February 28, 2013). "Paperman Creator John Kahrs on Winning an Oscar, Love, and Meeting Celebrities". Vulture. Retrieved October 15, 2014. ...this is his directorial debut, at age 45.
  2. ^ a b c "Congratulations John Kahrs". NSCAD University. February 25, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Ciafardini, Marc (November 1, 2012). "Exclusive: Interview…Disney Animator & 'Paperman' Director John Kahrs". GooseTalk. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Koch, Dave (January 23, 2014). "Paperman Director Lands At Paramount". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on January 24, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "The 85th Academy Awards (2013) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. February 24, 2013. Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (September 3, 2013). "Disney Animation, 'Paperman' Director Part Ways". The Wrap. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 22, 2014). "Paramount Animation Taps 'Paperman's' John Kahrs to Direct 'Shedd' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2014.

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