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Robert Thomas Letterman (born October 31, 1970) is an American film director and screenwriter who started with animation and moved on to live-action.

Rob Letterman
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Letterman at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, July 2014
Robert Thomas Letterman

(1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 48)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Notable work
Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels, Goosebumps, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

He is known for directing Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and co-directing Shark Tale (2004); he received a nomination for the Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production on the latter.[1][2]

Prior to Letterman's joining DreamWorks Animation, he directed the short film Los Gringos, which was accepted at 2000's Sundance Film Festival.[3]

In 2010 Letterman directed the live-action film Gulliver's Travels, starring Jack Black in the lead role.[4]


Early lifeEdit

Letterman was born in Hawaii and attended Mid-Pacific Institute and USC.[5] He is in a relationship with Beth Pontrelli and has two children, Jack and Eva Letterman.[6][7]


Year Title Director Writer Notes
1999 Los Gringos Yes Yes Short film
2004 Shark Tale Yes Yes Directorial Debut
Co-directed with Vicky Jenson and Bibo Bergeron
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Yes Yes Co-directed with Conrad Vernon
2010 Gulliver's Travels Yes No Live-action debut
2015 Goosebumps Yes No
2019 Pokémon Detective Pikachu Yes Yes Post-production

Other creditsEdit

Year Title Role
1999 Lake Placid Color and Lighting Supervisor: Digital Domain
2001 Shrek Propellerhead: Los Angeles pre-production
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Also voiced Secret Service Man #1
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Executive producer


  1. ^ Kit, Borys (October 25, 2013). "Rob Letterman to Direct 'Captain Underpants' for DWA (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Baisley, Sarah (December 6, 2004). "Annie Noms go to Incredibles, Shrek 2, Shark Tale". Animation World Network. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Los Gringos". Sundance Institute. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Romney, Jonathon (December 26, 2010). "Gulliver's Travels, Rob Letterman, 90 mins, (PG)". The Independent - Reviews. London: The Independent. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  5. ^ Harada, Wayne (April 25, 2010). "'Stretch Armstrong' up next for Isle-born director". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
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