Conrad Vernon (born July 11, 1968) is an American voice actor, director, writer and storyboard artist best known for his work on the DreamWorks animated film series Shrek as well as other films such as Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Penguins of Madagascar. He also co-directed the adult animated film Sausage Party, and the children's animated film The Addams Family.
|Born||July 11, 1968|
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Voice actor, director, writer, storyboard artist|
Life and careerEdit
Vernon, a native of Lubbock, Texas, studied at CalArts and worked as a storyboard artist for animated productions (including Ralph Bakshi's Cool World); he also directed Morto the Magician (a four-minute animated film written by Steve Martin).
In 1996, he joined DreamWorks, where he worked as a storyboard artist on Antz. After Antz proved a success as the first animated feature film to be produced by DreamWorks Animation, Vernon signed on as a writer for Shrek, where he was responsible for the Gingerbread Man, and eventually voiced that character. He also appeared in Shrek 4-D and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
In June 2004, he made his feature film directorial debut with the Academy Award nominated Shrek 2. He voiced Mason the chimpanzee for the DreamWorks Animation films Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (for which he is also credited as director) and its spin off Penguins of Madagascar (where he voiced Rico, one of the penguins) and reprised the voice of Mason in the television series.
Vernon and Greg Tiernan co-directed the adult animated comedy Sausage Party (2016), from a story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill, as well as providing some of the voices. Vernon next co-produced and co-directed, again with Tiernan, an animated version of The Addams Family, which was released in October 2019. He supplied voice roles for both Sausage Party and The Addams Family, including Lurch in the latter. He is scheduled to return as director alongside Tiernan for an Addams Family sequel, scheduled to be released in October 2021.
In 2017, Vernon was hired to direct an animated feature adaptation of The Jetsons, from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman, which it is to being made by Warner Bros., under its Warner Animation Group banner.
|2001||Morto the Magician||Yes||No|
|2004||Shrek 2||Yes||No||Co-director with Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Yes||No||Co-director with Rob Letterman|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Yes||No||Co-director with Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath|
|2016||Sausage Party||Yes||Yes||Co-director with Greg Tiernan|
|2019||The Addams Family||Yes||Yes|
|2021||The Addams Family 2||Yes||TBA||Co-director with Greg Tiernan|
|TBA||Untitled Jetsons animated film||Yes||No|||
|Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party||Short film|
|Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||Jed|
|2004||Shrek 2||Gingerbread Man, Cedric, Announcer, Mongo, Muffin Man|
|Far Far Away Idol||Gingerbread Man||Short film|
|2006||Flushed Away||Take Out|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin, Headless Horseman|
|2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Mason|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Advisor Hawk, Advisor Dither, Minister, Secret Service Man #2, Mama Dietl|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Gingerbread Man|
|2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Jameel|
|Puss in Boots||Raoul|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Mason|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Rico|
|2016||Sausage Party||Toilet paper, Sauerkraut, Grape, Catcall sausage, Beer can, Pop bottle|
|2017||The Boss Baby||Eugene Francis|
|The Emoji Movie||Trojan Horse|
|The Addams Family||Lurch, Priest, Spirit of the House, Dr. Flambe|
|1992||Cool World||Character designer|
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||Additional storyboard artist|
|2001||Shrek||Writer: "Merry Men"|
|2003||Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||Additional storyboard artist|
|The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper||Creative consultant;|
|2006||Over the Hedge||Story artist|
|2016||Trolls||Additional story artist|
|2017||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Special thanks|
|The Emoji Movie||Additional sequence director|
|1991||The Ren & Stimpy Show||Storyboard artist, writer|
|1993||Rocko's Modern Life|
|1993–94||2 Stupid Dogs||Storyboard artist|
|1993–96||The Itsy Bitsy Spider||Director|
|1996||Dexter's Laboratory||Storyboard artist, layout artist|
|1997||Nightmare Ned||Storyboard artist|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Executive Producer|
|2007||Shrek the Halls||Gingerbread Man|
|2009–12||The Penguins of Madagascar||Mason|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space||Man on Cell, woman|
|2010||Scared Shrekless||Gingerbread Man, Muffin Man|
|Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special||Boar|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Various|
|2012||Gravity Falls||Tate McGucket|
- Behind The Voice Actors
- DreamWorks Animation. "Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted - Production Information" (PDF). Festival Cannes. p. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 2, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Cannes Film festival: Conrad Vernon". Archived from the original on 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2006-06-01.
- A Very Animated Family Reunion - Box Office Mojo
- Monsters vs Aliens: Conrad Vernon vs Animated Views - Animated Views
- "The Addams Family Directors Explain Their Approach to the Upcoming Sequel". Movies. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- The Jetsons Planned as Animated Feature
- Animated 'Jetsons' Movie to Lift Off With 'Sausage Party' Director, in Variety
- Sneider, Jeff (May 29, 2014). "Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Anders Holm Join 'Sausage Party' Voice Cast". The Wrap. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- Kit, Borys (October 12, 2017). "'Sausage Party' Director Tackling 'The Addams Family' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (24 January 2015). "Warner Bros Plots 'The Jetsons' Animated Feature; Matt Lieberman Writing".
- Natalie, Natalie. "'Jetsons' movie ready to blast off production". ajc.
- ChrisXMorgan (26 May 2017). "Jetsons Animated Movie in the Works With Sausage Party Director".
- McNary, Dave (January 23, 2015). "Animated 'Jetsons' Movie Lifting off With 'Sausage Party' Director". Variety. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
- Berkshire, Geoff (November 12, 2014). "Film Review: 'Penguins of Madagascar'". Variety. Retrieved November 12, 2014.