Unkrich at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Lee Edward Unkrich
August 8, 1967
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Film director, editor, screenwriter, animator|
|Employer||Pixar Animation Studios (1994–2019)|
|Known for||Toy Story 3 |
Lee Edward Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director, film editor, screenwriter, and animator. He was a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later began directing, first as co-director of Toy Story 2.
After co-directing Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, Unkrich made his solo directorial debut with Toy Story 3 in 2010, and most recently directed Coco in 2017, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Early life and career
Unkrich was raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His father Bob Unkrich, a World War II Veteran ("He stormed the beach at Normandy") and artist, who later converted to his mothers religion, is originally from a family of German-Catholic descent, whereas his mother is from a Jewish background. He spent his youth acting at The Cleveland Play House. Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990.
Unkrich was Vice-President of Editorial and Layout at Pixar. Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television as an editor and director. He is the 2011 recipient of the University of Southern California's Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts.
Unkrich is married to Laura Century and they have three children: Hannah, Alice, and Max.
|1998||A Bug's Life||No||No||Supervising||No||Yes||Additional Voices|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Co-Director||No||Yes||No||Yes||Red Rocker||Additional Story Material|
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Co-Director||No||Additional||No||Yes||Additional Voices|
|2003||Finding Nemo||Co-Director||No||Supervising||No||Yes||Additional Voices|
|2004||The Incredibles||No||No||No||No||No||Brain Trust - uncredited|
|2007||Ratatouille||No||No||No||No||No||Brain Trust - uncredited|
|2008||WALL-E||No||No||No||No||Yes||Senior Creative Team|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Yes||Story||Yes||No||Yes||Jack-In-The-Box
|Additional Screenplay Material|
Senior Creative Team
|2011||Cars 2||No||No||No||No||Yes||Senior Creative Team|
|The Good Dinosaur||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Coco||Yes||Original Story||Yes||No||Yes||Elote Skeleton|
|2019||Toy Story 4||No||No||Additional||Yes||Yes|
- Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991) (TV) (production assistant)
- Silk Stalkings (1991) (TV Series) (assistant editor, editor, director)
- Renegade (1993) (TV series) (assistant editor)
- Betrayed by Love (1994) (TV) (assistant editor)
- Separated by Murder (1995) (TV) (editor)
|2000||For the Birds||Thanks|
|2002||Mike's New Car||Special Thanks|
|2011||Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation|
|2013||The Blue Umbrella|
|Toy Story of Terror!||Extra Special Thanks|
|Toy Story That Time Forgot||Extra Special Thanks|
|2015||Sanjay's Super Team||Special Thanks|
|2021||Pixar Popcorn: A Day in the Life of the Dead|
- O'Connor, Michael "Clint" (June 12, 2010). "'Toy Story 3': Director Lee Unkrich, from Chagrin Falls, doesn't want to break Pixar's golden streak". Cleveland.com. City of Cleveland, State of Ohio. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
- "'Toy Story 3,' 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Seddon, Dan (January 20, 2019). "Toy Story 3 and Coco director Lee Unkrich leaves Disney Pixar". Digital Spy.
- "'Coco' Ready for Thanksgiving Weekend Fireworks at the Box Office". 21 November 2017.
- Notable Alumni Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, USC School of Cinematic Arts; accessed March 10, 2008.
- Welk, Brian (January 18, 2019). "Lee Unkrich, Director of 'Coco' and 'Toy Story 3,' to Leave Pixar After 25 Years". The Wrap. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Evangelista, Christiano (January 18, 2019). "'Coco' and 'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years". slashfilm.com. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar. The time has come for new adventures.
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