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John Kahrs

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John Kahrs
Kahrs in 2018
BornSeptember 18, 1967 (age 56)
EducationBachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Alma materNSCAD University
Occupation(s)Animator, director
Years active1990–present
Employer(s)Blue Sky Studios (1990-1997)
Pixar Animation Studios (1997-2007)
Walt Disney Animation Studios (2007-2013)
Known forPaperman
SpouseGennie Rim[1]

John Kahrs (born September 18, 1967) is an American actor, animator and film director.

Kahrs attended NSCAD University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990.[1] He began his career at Blue Sky Studios in New York, where he worked as an animator between 1990 and 1997.[2] 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,[2] he moved over to Disney, where he animated on Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, and was an animation supervisor on Tangled.[3]

In 2013, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2012 short film, Paperman.[4]

In August 2013, he left Walt Disney Animation Studios to develop his own projects.[5] In January 2014, it was reported that he will direct for Paramount Animation an animated film Shedd.[6] In 2020, he co-directed Over the Moon with Glen Keane, which was released on Netflix the same year.[7] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature the following year, but lost to Soul.[8]


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
2016 June Yes
2018 Age of Sail Yes VR short film
2020 Over the Moon Yes Co-director with Glen Keane


  1. ^ a b c "Congratulations John Kahrs". NSCAD University. February 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ciafardini, Marc (November 1, 2012). "Exclusive: Interview…Disney Animator & 'Paperman' Director John Kahrs". GooseTalk. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent (September 3, 2013). "Disney Animation, 'Paperman' Director Part Ways". The Wrap. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (January 22, 2014). "Paramount Animation Taps 'Paperman's' John Kahrs to Direct 'Shedd' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (October 21, 2020). "Disney's renaissance was just a stepping stone for Glen Keane". Polygon. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  8. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 15, 2021). "'Over The Moon' Director Glen Keane Talks First Oscar Nom For Best Animated Feature, Pic's Message Of "Healing And Love" & Doing Justice To The "Final, Important" Words Of Audrey Wells". Deadline. Retrieved May 27, 2021.

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