David Reynolds (screenwriter)

David Reynolds is an American screenwriter for television and film. His credits include the Disney animated films The Emperor's New Groove and Finding Nemo.

David Reynolds
Other namesDave Reynolds
OccupationScreenwriter, actor
Years active1986–present
Notable work

Reynolds is currently a representative for The Gersh Agency.[1]


In the early 1990s, he became a television writer.[2] He made his writing debut on the late night television series, Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Afterwards, he started to trend into film with his theatrical debut as additional story material on Mulan. After the success of Mulan, Disney gave Reynolds a 'six-year contract' deal to work for both Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar. Some later works with the "Mouse-House" included additional writing on story for A Bug's Life, writer of the host segments on Fantasia 2000, and got his official writing debut with The Emperor's New Groove.

He went on to write with other writers on films like on Atlantis: The Lost Empire with Tab Murphy, The Jungle Book 2 with Karl Geurs and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and his most acclaimed work yet, Finding Nemo, with Andrew Stanton and Bob Peterson. He received numerous nominations and awards for Nemo, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay, a Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, and a Nebula Award nomination for Best Script, and won an Annie for Writing in a Feature Production.

His last movie credit was for working on Chimpanzee where he was a creative consultant and wrote the short film The Polar Bears in 2012. In 2007, Reynolds was slated to write a film adaptation of the book Nightmare Academy.[3] In 2010, it was reported that he was working at Sony Pictures Animation for a feature titled Futuropolis that would've been co-written and directed by Stephan Franck.[4] As of 2018, no updates have emerged for Nightmare Academy and Futuropolis. On June 7, 2015, Reynolds and New Groove director Mark Dindal attended a conversation event for the Austin Film Festival where they shared their knowledge, secrets, and strategies.


Title Year Role
One More Saturday Night 1986 Actor: Russ Cadwell
Crime Story (1 episode) Actor: Driver #2
Soul Man Actor: Ernie
China Beach (1 episode) 1988 Actor: Pilot #1
Raising Miranda (1 episode) Unknown
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (20 episodes) 1993-94 Writer
Dumb and Dumber: The Animated Series (1 episode) 1996
Mulan 1998 Additional story material
A Bug's Life Additional writer: story
Saturday Night Live (1 episode) Writer
Tarzan 1999 Additional screenplay material
Toy Story 2
Fantasia 2000 (host segments) Writer
TV Funhouse (1 episode) 2000
The Emperor's New Groove
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Additional screenplay material
The Sweatbox 2002 Himself
The Jungle Book 2 2003 Additional written material
Finding Nemo Writer (along with Andrew Stanton and Bob Peterson)
Finding Nemo: Studio Tour of Pixar Himself
Chicken Little 2005 Additional dialogue
Sita Sings the Blues 2008 Donor
Toy Story 3 2010 Additional dialogue
Chimpanzee 2012 Creative consultant
The Polar Bears Writer
Aldabra: Once Upon an Island 2015 Creative consultant
Brooklyn Family Robinson [5] TBA Writer


Along with being an established screenwriter, he also writes books. These include:

  • Why Wasn't I Taught This at School? (2013)
  • Shadowgirls (2013)
  • A - Z of '80s Rock (2003)

Awards and nominationsEdit

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Film(s) Result Notes
2001 Annie Award Individual Achievement in Writing The Emperor's New Groove Nominated
2003 Discover Screenwriting Award Finding Nemo Nominated
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Writing, Screenplay - Original/Adapted Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay, Original Nominated
2004 Nebula Award Best Script Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Film Award Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
Hugo Awards Feature Film Category Nominated
31st Annie Awards Outstanding Writing in an Animated Feature Production Won
57th British Academy Film Awards Best Screenplay - Original Nominated
76th Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay Nominated


  1. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (December 1, 2010). "UPDATE: Gersh Confirms Hohman Maybank Lieb Deal". Deadline. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Robert Sims. "Director Mark Dindal and Screenwriter David Reynolds, The Emperor's New Groove Interview" (June 4th, 2015). Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "David Reynolds to Write Nightmare Academy". Movie Fone (1 October 2007). Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Bill Graham. "Sony Pictures Animation Teams with FINDING NEMO Co-Writer for Original Animated Film" (15 December 2010). Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Steve Carell Will Headline Disney's Brooklyn Family Robinson". Cinema Blend (June 2014). Retrieved August 19, 2016.

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