Jared Bush

Jared Bush is an American screenwriter and producer, best known for co-directing and co-writing the Disney animated film Zootopia in 2016, writing the Disney animated film Moana in the same year and co-creating and executive producing the Disney XD animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. He also co-founded the production company Dark Castle Entertainment.

Jared Bush
Born (1974-06-12) June 12, 1974 (age 46)
OccupationScreenwriter and television producer
Years active1998-present
Known forWriting and co-directing Zootopia
Co-creating Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero


Bush co-wrote the script of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia and also co-directed the film along with Byron Howard and Rich Moore.[1][2] He joined the Zootopia project early on, before it evolved from a spy film into a police procedural; he was excited to work on a spy film because both his father and grandfather had worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.[3]

He also wrote the screenplay of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Moana.[4]

Bush co-created the animated television series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.[5] Bush is set to co-direct an animated Disney film (tentatively titled Encanto) about a Colombian magical family alongside Howard and Charise Castro Smith.[6][7][8] Bush will also co-write the screenplay alongside Castro Smith.[6]


Year Title Writer Co-Director Other Note
2000 DAG Yes Assistant writer
2002 What Lies Beneath Yes Assistant: Mr. Rapke
2002 Baby Bob Yes Staff writer, co-producer, assistant to writers
2003 Totally Outrageous Behavior Yes
2003 Dumber and Dumber Yes
2003–04 Who Wants to Marry My Dad? Yes
2003–07 All of Us Yes Yes Co-producer
2014 Big Hero 6 Yes Creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
2014–17 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Yes Yes Co-creator, composer (1 episode), executive producer
2016 Zootopia Yes Yes Yes Co-director, screenwriter, story, voice of Pronk Oryx-Antlerson, creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Moana Yes Yes Screenwriter, creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Yes Creative leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
2021 Encanto [6][7] Yes Yes Director, screenwriter
TBA Mancation[9] Yes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Date of ceremony Category For Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
BET Comedy Awards 2005 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series All of Us Jared Bush, Arthur Harris, Stacy A. Littlejohn, Lori Lakin, Jewel Wormley, Josh Wolf, Demetrius Andre Bady, Byron Hord, Ray Lancon, John Simmons, Rob Rosell, Chad Drew, Betsy Borns Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Award 2017 Best Animated Feature Zootopia Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Rich Moore Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists December 21, 2016 Best Animated Film Won [10]
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Jared Bush and Phil Johnston Won [11]
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America May 20, 2017 Ray Bradbury Award Nominated [12]


  1. ^ Graser, Marc (August 9, 2013). "D23 Expo: Disney Reveals Animated 'Zootopia' for 2016". variety.com. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Walt Disney Animation Studios Reveals New Zootopia Concept Art". comingsoon.net. March 3, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Julius, Jessica (2016). The Art of Zootopia. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 9. ISBN 9781452154053. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Moana Press Kit" (PDF). WDSMediaFile.com (The Walt Disney Studios). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Siegel, Lucas (March 27, 2015). "Penn Zero: Become A Part-Time Hero with Sam Levine, Jared Bush, and Balls". comicbook.com. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "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.
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive: Byron Howard and Jared Bush to Direct 'Encanto' For Walt Disney Animation Studios". The DisnInsider. June 17, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Evans, Greg (June 22, 2020). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Confirms New Disney Animated Movie Set In Colombia". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (April 17, 2007). "New Line, Bush take a Mancation". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Merin, Jennifer (December 16, 2016). "2016 AWFJ EDA | Award Nominees". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  11. ^ McCue, Michelle (December 16, 2016). "'Arrival', 'La La Land', 'Hell or High Water' Among The Nominees for the 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards". WeAreMovieGeeks.com. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Nebula Awards Nominees and Winners: Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation". Nebula Awards. Archived from the original on May 1, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.

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