Dan Scanlon

Dan Scanlon (born June 21, 1976) is an American animator, storyboard artist and director, working for Pixar. He directed Monsters University and Onward at Pixar.[4]

Dan Scanlon
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Born (1976-06-21) June 21, 1976 (age 43)[1][2]
Alma materColumbus College of Art and Design
OccupationFilm director, Storyboard artist, Animator
Years active1998–present
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (2001–present)
Notable work
Monsters University
Spouse(s)Michele Scanlon

Early lifeEdit

Scanlon grew up in Clawson, Michigan.[5] When he was 1 year old and his brother 3 years old, their father died. When they were teenagers, a relative gave them a brief audio recording of their father, which Scanlon says helped inspire the story of Onward.[6] He graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998.


Scanlon was an animator for The Indescribable Nth and Joseph: King of Dreams. He served as a storyboard artist for The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure.[3]

Scanlon joined Pixar in 2001,[3] where he was a story artist for Cars and Toy Story 3. He co-directed the short film Mater and the Ghostlight.[3] He illustrated part one of Unmentionables, a comic book written by his wife, Michele Scanlon, and wrote and directed the live-action feature film Tracy.[7] Tracy was Scanlon's first feature film as a writer/director. He also served as a member of the senior creative team on Brave and Inside Out.

Scanlon directed the prequel film Monsters University, released in 2013, to positive reviews and commercial success. He was announced to be directing an untitled Suburban World of Fantasy film at Pixar, which is inspired by his father's death.[6] In December 2018, the film's title was revealed as Onward and is set to the star the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.[8]

Scanlon and his wife Michele live in San Francisco and work together on projects under the production company name Caveat Productions.


Year Title Director Writer Storyboard
Other Notes
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Yes Direct-to-video
2000 The Indescribable Nth Yes Short film
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Yes Direct-to-video
Joseph: King of Dreams Yes
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Yes
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Yes
2005 Tarzan II Yes
2006 Cars Yes
Mater and the Ghostlight Co-Director Yes Short film
2009 Tracy Yes Yes Yes Short film
Also editor and cinematographer
2013 Monsters University Yes Yes
2020 Onward Yes Yes


  1. ^ Scanlon, Dan (February 25, 2012). "I've had one childhood dream since my birth in 1976, & it's to be followed by anyone & everyone responsible for "The Office."". Twitter. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Scanlon, Dan (June 21, 2012). "Thanks automated emailing system at Jackson Square Dentistry for being the first to wish me a Happy Birthday. I love you". Twitter. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Kirkland, Bruce (November 5, 2006). "Life as an animator at Pixar". Canoe. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Variety Staff (July 14, 2017). "D23: Disney-Pixar Announces Untitled 'Suburban Fantasy' Movie". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "C&G Newspapers". C&G Newspapers. C & G Publishing. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b Bell, Crystal (June 7, 2017). "Pixar's New 'Suburban Fantasy' Sounds Like A Real Tearjerker". MTV. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Connelly, Brendon (March 31, 2011). "Dan Scanlon Is Directing Monsters University – But What Else Has He Done?". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 12, 2018). "Pixar's 'Onward' To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer". Deadline. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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