Shion Takeuchi

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Shion Takeuchi
Born (1988-09-05) September 5, 1988 (age 34)
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts (BFA)
  • Writer
  • animator
  • storyboard artist
  • producer
Years active2009–present
Known forInside Job
Regular Show
Gravity Falls

Shion Takeuchi (born September 5, 1988) is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard artist, producer and showrunner. She is the creator of the Netflix television series Inside Job and has written and produced for shows such as Regular Show, Gravity Falls, Disenchantment and others.[1] She was nominated twice for an Annie Award in "Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production", in 2016 and 2017, for her work on Gravity Falls.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Takeuchi was born on September 5, 1988,[4][5] and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, where her parents were a technology company executive and former translator.[6] She attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), graduating in 2010 with a BFA in animation.[6][7][8] Her thesis film was titled When the Time is Ripe, a coming-of-age story about a Jewish pear.[7][9][10]


Takeuchi worked as an intern on the animated series Adventure Time during the first season of its development before joining animator J. G. Quintel to work as a writer and storyboard artist on his Cartoon Network series Regular Show.[7] She was then hired to work in the story department at Pixar where she was involved in the production of the films Monsters University (2013) and Inside Out (2015).[7][11] She later left Pixar to work as a writer on the Disney animated series Gravity Falls where she stayed until the show's conclusion in 2016.[7][3] Takeuchi also worked as a writer on the Netflix animated series Disenchantment[12][13] and the Amazon Prime Video animated series Lost in Oz.[14] Streaming platform Netflix signed a multi-year, multi-project deal with Takeuchi in 2018.[1][14]

Inside Job[edit]

In 2019, Netflix announced the production of the adult animated series Inside Job, created and produced by Takeuchi.[12][15][16] The show premiered on October 22, 2021[17][18] and went on to become the fifth most streamed show on Netflix in the US and eighth most streamed on the platform globally within a week of its release.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Monsters University Story artist
2015 Inside Out Story artist


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Adventure Time Intern[7]
2010–2011 Regular Show Writer, storyboard artist 6 episodes
2014–2016 Gravity Falls Writer
2015 Long Live the Royals Story 4 episodes, miniseries
2016 We Bare Bears Story 3 episodes
2016–2018 Lost in Oz Writer 8 episodes
2018–2019 Disenchantment Writer, staff writer 20 episodes, wrote 2 episodes
2021–2022 Inside Job Creator, executive producer, writer 20 episodes ordered, 18 released[20]

Nominations and awards[edit]

Year Award Category Notes Result Ref.
2016 43rd Annie Awards Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Episode: S2 E11: Not What He Seems Nominated [2]
2017 44th Annie Awards Episode: S2 E20: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (18 September 2018). "Netflix Inks Overall Deal With Writer Shion Takeuchi". Deadline. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b Giardina, Carolyn (6 February 2016). "2016 Annie Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Chitwood, Adam (28 November 2016). "'Zootopia' and 'Kubo' Lead Annie Awards Nominations; 'Game of Thrones' and 'Civil War' Land Nods". Collider. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  4. ^ Zahed, Ramin (1 April 2020). "Shion Takeuchi". Animation Magazine. p. 23.
  5. ^ @shhhhhionn (5 September 2017). "It is my birthday. I am an adult. I know because I'm cleaning for the cleaning lady" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b Bloom, David (14 October 2021). "Netflix's 'Inside Job' Plumbs The Deep State One Joke At A Time". Forbes. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Sloan, Justin (20 February 2015). "Screenwriter Interview: Shion Takeuchi". Creative Writing Career. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  8. ^ Liang, Elizabeth (15 October 2021). "Lizard People are Real in Shion Takeuchi's New Netflix Series Inside Job". 24700. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  9. ^ Takeuchi, Shion (2010). "When the Time is Ripe". Vimeo.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Ziemba, Christine N. (23 September 2010). "Animation from CalArts' Graphic Design and Animation Grads at Frame by Frame Showcase on Saturday". 24700. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  11. ^ Steiner, Chelsea (19 October 2021). "INTERVIEW: Showrunner Shion Takeuchi on Her New Netflix Series 'Inside Job'". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  12. ^ a b Thorne, Will (23 April 2019). "Netflix Orders Adult Animated Comedy 'Inside Job' from Shion Takeuchi". Variety. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  13. ^ Brown, Tracy (23 October 2021). "'Inside Job' showrunner thought a shadow government would be scary. Reality was scarier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  14. ^ a b Wolfe, Jennifer (20 September 2018). "'Gravity Falls,' 'Disenchantment' Writer Shion Takeuchi Signs Overall Deal with Netflix". Animation World Network. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (23 April 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Inside Job' Adult Animated Series From 'Gravity Falls' Alum". Deadline. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  16. ^ Johnson, Kevin (20 October 2021). "Global conspiracy comedy Inside Job sabotages its own ambitions". AV Club. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  17. ^ Griffiths, Emmy (29 October 2021). "Inside Job: will there be a season two of Netflix show?". Hello!. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  18. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (27 September 2021). "Gravity Falls writer Shion Takeuchi wants to stretch the adult animation definition with Inside Job". Polygon. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  19. ^ Schonter, Allison (27 October 2021). "Netflix Conspiracy Theory Comedy Is a Quick Hit, Smashes Into the Top 10". Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  20. ^ Avestruz, Chelsea (27 October 2021). "Inside Job Season 2: Everything We Know". Screen Rant. Retrieved 12 November 2021.

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