Stephen Anderson (artist)

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Stephen John Anderson is an American storyboard artist, screenwriter, film director, and voice actor.

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Anderson at the premiere of Meet the Robinsons – 03/25/2007.
Stephen John Anderson

1969/1970 (age 51–52)[1]
Georgia, U.S.
OccupationStoryboard artist, screenwriter, film director, voice actor
Years active1991–present
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1995–present)
Heather Anderson
(m. 1993)
ChildrenJake Anderson


Anderson attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he also served as a story instructor for four years.

Anderson joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1999 as a story artist on Tarzan. Prior to joining Disney, Anderson worked as an animator at Hyperion Animation on Rover Dangerfield and Bébé's Kids.

Following Tarzan, Anderson served as story supervisor for The Emperor's New Groove and Brother Bear. He later directed Meet the Robinsons and co-directed Winnie the Pooh. After the release of Meet the Robinsons he pitched an idea for a feature called "The Earth and the Sky", which would have been The Fox and the Hound with a boy and a dragon. But when DreamWorks announced their movie How to Train Your Dragon, which had similar story elements, the idea was dropped.[2] On February 10, 2016, Anderson announced he was working on a new project.[3]

Anderson currently resides in Canyon Country, California, with his wife, Heather, and their son, Jacob.


Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Story
Other Voice Role Notes
1991 Rover Dangerfield No No No No Yes Additional Animator
1992 Bébé's Kids No No No No Yes Character Animator
1997 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars No No No Yes No Direct-to-video
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue No No No Yes No
1999 Tarzan No No No Yes No
2000 The Emperor's New Groove No No Yes No Yes Ipi Additional Story Material
2003 Brother Bear No No Yes No No
2007 Meet the Robinsons Yes Screenplay No No Yes Bowler Hat Guy / Bud Robinson / Tallulah Robinson Disney Story Trust - uncredited
2008 Bolt No No No Additional Yes Additional Voices
2009 The Princess and the Frog No No No No No
2010 Tangled No No No Additional No
2011 Winnie the Pooh Yes Story No No No
2012 Wreck-It Ralph No No No Additional No
2013 Frozen No No No Additional Yes Kai
2014 Big Hero 6 No No No No Yes Creative Leadership
2016 Zootopia No No No Additional Yes Additional Story, Creative Leadership
Moana No No No Additional Yes
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet No No No No Yes Creative Leadership
2019 Frozen II No No No Additional Yes Kai Additional Story, Creative Leadership
2024 Garfield No No No Yes Yes Storyboards[5]

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Other Voice
1992 Itsy Bitsy Spider No No Yes Character Animator
1997 Loose Tooth No No Yes Animation Story Developer
2016 Sugar Yes Yes No
2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure No No Yes Kai Featurette
2019 Rift No No Yes Graphic Artist / Locations


  • 1992 – Itsy Bitsy Spider (character animator)
  • 1996 – Toto Lost in New York (director, character designer, storyboard artist)
  • 1996 – Virtual Oz (character designer)
  • 1997 – Journey Beneath the Sea (director)
  • 1997 – Underground Adventure (director)


Comic booksEdit

  • 1996 – Poop Jelly (anthology) – writer/artist for one short story
  • 2001 – Short Stack (anthology) – writer/artist for one short story
  • 2008 – Who is Rocket Johnson? (anthology) – writer/artist for one short story

See alsoEdit

  • Don Hall, who also works with Anderson on some Disney movies, along with co-directing 2011's Winnie the Pooh.


  1. ^ Belloni, Matthew (December 22, 2011). "THR's Animation Roundtable: 7 Top Filmmakers Debate R-Rated Toons and If 'Tintin' Should Be Eligible for Ani Oscar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Stephen Anderson on Twitter
  3. ^ Connelly, Brendon; Brew, Simon (February 10, 2016). "Meet The Robinsons director developing new animated Disney film". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Goldman, Eric (February 18, 2016). "How Disney's Story Trust Helped Change Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and More". IGN. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Stephen Anderson on Twitter". Twitter. August 3, 2022. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  6. ^ Disney Plus Informer (February 27, 2020). "CONFIRMED: 'MONSTERS AT WORK' DELAYED". Disney Plus Informer. Retrieved December 17, 2020.

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