Yarrow Cheney

Yarrow Cheney (born 1973) is an American artist, film director, designer, author, illustrator, and animator. He is best known for his works as a production designer in Despicable Me 2 (2013), The Lorax (2012), and Despicable Me (2010) for which he received Primetime Emmy and Annie Awards nominations.

Yarrow Cheney
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Cheney in 2016
Born1973 (age 49–50)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts[1]
Occupation(s)Artist, film director, designer, author, illustrator, animator
Years active1995-present
SpouseCarrie Cheney[1]

In 2016, Cheney co-directed Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets with Chris Renaud,[2] that received positive reviews and became the sixth highest grossing-film of 2016.[3] He directed The Grinch (2018), with Scott Mosier.[4]

His debut children's book Superworld: Save Noah, the first in a middle grade series written by his wife Carrie Cheney, publishes on October 4, 2022.

Early lifeEdit

Cheney was born to Jack Cheney and Caryn Brady in 1973. He attended California Institute of the Arts from 1992-1995.




  • The Grinch (2018) also character designer
  • The Secret Life of Pets (co-director) (2016)
  • Puppy (2013): Short, also writer
  • The Very First Noel (2006) (re-released in 2020 as The Three Wise Men[1]): Video Short, also editor, art director and producer

Production designerEdit


Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c Shepherd, Josh (December 5, 2020). "Acclaimed Director of Animated The Grinch Revisits Story of Three Wise Men". The Stream. Archived from the original on January 21, 2021. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Debruge, Peter (June 16, 2016). "Film Review: 'The Secret Life of Pets'". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Grinch". IMDB. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  5. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 1, 2014). "41st Annual Annie Awards Live Blog: 'Frozen' Wins Best Animated Feature". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (December 3, 2012). "'Brave,' 'Guardians' and 'Wreck-It Ralph' lead 40th annual Annie Awards nominees". Hitfix. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  7. ^ Finke, Nikki (February 15, 2011). "38th Annual Annie Animation Awards: DWA's 'How To Train Your Dragon' Wins (After Disney Boycotts)". Deadline. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  8. ^ "Dilbert". The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 9 February 2014.

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