Rob Letterman

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Rob Letterman
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Letterman at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, July 2014
Robert Thomas Letterman

(1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Notable workShark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels, Goosebumps, Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Robert Thomas Letterman (born October 31, 1970) is an American film director and screenwriter.

Letterman made his directorial debut as co-director of the animated comedy film Shark Tale (2004), for which he received a nomination for the Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production. He then co-directed the animated science fiction comedy film Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).[1][2]

Letterman has since transitioned into live-action filmmaking, directing the fantasy comedy film Gulliver's Travels (2010), the horror comedy film Goosebumps (2015), and the fantasy mystery film Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

In 2020, Netflix announced Letterman as director for an upcoming live-action animated film adaptation of Ubisoft's Beyond Good & Evil video game.

Early life[edit]

Letterman was born in Hawaii and attended Mid-Pacific Institute and USC.[3]


Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Letterman directed the short film Los Gringos, which was accepted at 2000's Sundance Film Festival.[4]

In 2002, Vicky Jenson and Eric "Bibo" Bergeron involved him as a screenwriter (then as co-director) in the making of Shark Tale. In 2010, Letterman directed the live-action film Gulliver's Travels, starring Jack Black in the lead role.[5] He also directed the live-action/CGI film Pokémon Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokémon videogame franchise. The film was released on May 10, 2019, and grossed $433 million at the box office as well as attained the highest percentage of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for a film adaptation of a video game.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Letterman is in a relationship with Beth Pontrelli and has two children, Jack and Eva.[7][8]


Year Title Director Writer Notes
1999 Los Gringos Yes Yes Short film
2004 Shark Tale Yes Yes Directorial debut
Co-directed with Vicky Jenson and Bibo Bergeron
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Yes Yes Co-directed with Conrad Vernon
2010 Gulliver's Travels Yes No Live-action debut
2015 Goosebumps Yes No
2019 Detective Pikachu Yes Yes

Other credits[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Lake Placid Color and Lighting Supervisor: Digital Domain
2001 Shrek Propellerhead: Los Angeles pre-production
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Also voiced Secret Service Man #1
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Executive producer


  1. ^ Kit, Borys (October 25, 2013). "Rob Letterman to Direct 'Captain Underpants' for DWA (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Baisley, Sarah (December 6, 2004). "Annie Noms go to Incredibles, Shrek 2, Shark Tale". Animation World Network. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Harada, Wayne (April 25, 2010). "'Stretch Armstrong' up next for Isle-born director". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Los Gringos". Sundance Institute. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Romney, Jonathon (December 26, 2010). "Gulliver's Travels, Rob Letterman, 90 mins, (PG)". The Independent - Reviews. London: The Independent. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  6. ^ Nolan, L.D. (May 3, 2019). "Detective Pikachu's Electrifying Rotten Tomatoes Score Revealed". CBR. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Michael Angelo Pontrelli Obituary (1929 - 2016) Los Angeles Times".
  8. ^ "Robert Letterman and Beth Pontrelli | 2700 Creston Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068".

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