Byron P. Howard (born December 26, 1968) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, story artist and occasional voice actor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is best known as the co-director of Bolt (2008), Tangled (2010), and Zootopia (2016), and a supervising animator on Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Tangled and won an Oscar for Zootopia.
Howard at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
|Alma mater||Evergreen State College|
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer, animator, voice actor|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1994–present)|
Early life and education
Howard was born in Misawa, Japan, and raised in both the outskirts of Philadelphia and Issaquah, Washington, United States, in a middle-class family. He attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Howard began his career at Disney in 1994, working as an animator on films including Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. He was nominated for a 2003 Annie Award for Character Animation for Brother Bear.
The first film Howard directed was the animated Disney film Bolt, which was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In his role as co-director of the film with Chris Williams, Howard focused on character design and animation. Howard went on to direct the animated Disney films Tangled (2010, co-directed with Nathan Greno) and Zootopia (2016, co-directed with Rich Moore). He and Greno also co-directed and wrote the animated short Tangled Ever After, which features supporting characters from Tangled and showed in theaters before the 2012 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast.
As of November 2016[update], Howard is working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on an original animated film. Howard will co-direct the film, tentatively titled Encanto, alongside Zootopia co-director Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith, while Miranda will write songs for the project, which will center on a girl from a magical Colombian family who lacks magic herself.
|Director||Writer||Animator||Executive Producer||Other||Voice Role||Notes|
|1998||Mulan||No||No||Yes||No||No||Animator: Yao and Fa Family Ancestors|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch||No||No||Supervising||No||Yes||Supervising Animator: Cobra Bubbles|
|2003||Brother Bear||No||No||Supervising||No||No||Supervising Animator: Kenai - Bear|
|2005||Chicken Little||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Story Artist|
|2008||Bolt||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Screenplay Material|
|2010||Tangled||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Guard 2/Thug 2|
|2012||Wreck-It Ralph||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Visual Development|
|2016||Zootopia||Yes||Story||No||No||Yes||Bucky Orynx-Antlerson/Travis||Visual Development Artist|
|2019||Frozen II||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Creative Leadership|
Creative Leadership Only
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||Disney Story Trust - uncredited|
|2011||Winnie the Pooh|
|2014||Big Hero 6||Creative Leadership|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet|
|2021||Raya and the Last Dragon|
|Year||Title||Director||Writer||Supervising Animator||Executive Producer||Other||Voice Role|
|2012||Tangled Ever After||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Lantern Wrangler/Chef|
- 2008 – Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Bolt
- 2010 – Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Tangled
- 2017 – Won: Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for Zootopia
- Byron Howard [@ByronPHoward] (26 December 2015). "#Zootopia birthday wishes <3 thank you, my talented friend @LePrinceKido Can't wait to see you in Paris soon!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. /photo/1
- Justin Kroll and Rachel Abrams, "Golden Globe Nomination Reactions," Variety, December 14, 2010.
- "Imagining Zootopia - Part 7: Zootopia and Us". www.youtube.com.
- Ally Sikora, "A long, drawn-out process," St. Petersburg Times, September 15, 2003.
- Ramin Zahed, "Byron Howard to Direct New Disney Feature," Animation Magazine, May 6, 2013.
- Borys Kit, "Disney, 'Tangled' Director Plot New Animated Feature With Jason Bateman," The Hollywood Reporter, May 3, 2013.
- "31st Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners," annieawards.org, 2003.
- Ellen Wolff, "Animated Oscar noms took long road," Variety, February 5, 2009.
- Peter Debruge, "Film Review: 'Zootopia'," Variety, February 12, 2016.
- Dan Sarto, "Byron Howard and Rich Moore Talk 'Zootopia'," Animation World Network, December 4, 2015.
- Christina Radish, "'Zootopia': Rich Moore, Byron Howard on Their Animated World, Frank Capra Influences," Collider, January 20, 2016.
- Noelene Clark, "'Tangled Ever After': Disney lets its hair down," Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2012.
- Buchanan, Kyle (November 15, 2016). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals He's Making a Secret Disney Film". Vulture. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- "Report: 'Zootopia' Directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush To Helm Disney Animation's Newest Film Centered on A Latinx Family". The DisnInsider. January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
- "Exclusive: Byron Howard and Jared Bush to Direct 'Encanto' For Walt Disney Animation Studios". The DisnInsider. June 17, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
- Evans, Greg (June 22, 2020). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Confirms New Disney Animated Movie Set In Colombia". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
- Andrew Stewart, "AMPAS invites 134 to join ranks," Variety, June 30, 2009.
- "Disney's Teaming Lin Manuel Miranda with Zootopia Co-Director for Secret Animated Film". Cinemablend.
- Shuler, Skyler (June 17, 2020). "Exclusive: Byron Howard and Jared Bush to Direct 'Encanto' For Walt Disney Animation Studios".
- Donnelly, Jim. "ZOOTOPIA IS THE 2017 OSCAR WINNER FOR ANIMATED FEATURE FILM". The Oscars. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
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