Tim Johnson (film director)

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Tim Johnson
Born (1961-08-27) August 27, 1961 (age 59)[1]
Alma materWeinberg College of Arts and Sciences[3]
OccupationFilm director, film producer, television director
Years active1990 – Present
EmployerDreamWorks Animation (1996-2020)

Tim Johnson (born August 27, 1961) is an American film director, film producer, and television director. Johnson is best known for directing the DreamWorks Animation films Antz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Over the Hedge, and Home.

Life and career[edit]

Johnson was born in Chicago. He studied at Northwestern University where he earned a BA in English Literature. He also produced two animated films; both of which earned Richter Grant Organization Awards.[4]

Upon graduating, he worked for two years as a freelance animator and director. His introduction to computer animation came in 1985 while he worked on the staff at Post Effects in Chicago.[4] He later joined Pacific Data Images in 1988 and two years later co-founded the studio's Character Animation Group.[4] He also directed the first CG Pillsbury Doughboy commercial.

Johnson won two Annie awards on Antz and Over the Hedge, an Audience Award on Over the Hedge, and a Grand Prize for The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror VI".

While at DreamWorks Animation, he also directed Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Home (an adaptation of The True Meaning of Smekday), and the Christmas television special Kung Fu Panda Holiday,[5][6][7] and additionally served as executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon.



Year Title Role
1998 Antz Director, Idea
2000 Cyberworld Director: Antz segment, Animation Director: Homer3 segment
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Director
2006 Over the Hedge Director
Hammy's Boomerang Adventure Creative Consultant
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Executive Producer
2015 Home[5][6] Director
2019 Abominable Executive Producer[8]
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming Director[9]


Year Title Role
1995 Treehouse of Horror VI Computer Animation Director
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Director


  1. ^ "Johnson, Tim, 1961 August 27-". Library of Congress. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Mastrantonio, Rilio (May 13, 2006). "Tim Johnson / Wanda Sykes Interview: Over The Hedge". Hollywood Snitch. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "World-changing Alumni". Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) – Crew info". Visual Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Jim Parsons and Rihanna to Voice DreamWorks Animation's Happy Smekday!". DreamWorks Animation. ComingSoon.net. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Movie Title Changes". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Moves Up 'Penguins Of Madagascar' Bow, Bumps 'Home' To 2015". Deadline.com. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/agents-shield-star-chloe-bennet-lead-universal-pearl-studios-animated-everest-1096082
  9. ^ https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0426333/?ref_=m_ttfcd_dr1

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