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Yarrow Cheney is an American production designer, visual effects artist, director 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
Occupation Film director, Graphic designer, production designer
Years active 1995-present

In 2016, Cheney co-directed Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets with Chris Renaud,[1] that received positive reviews and became the sixth highest grossing-film of 2016.[2] He is currently co-directing The Grinch (2018) with Scott Mosier.[3]




  • Dilbert (1999), title designer
  • The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot (1998): Animator
  • Mummies Alive! The Legend Begins (1998): Video, background designer
  • Mummies Alive! (1997): background artist and designer
  • Cats Don't Dance (1997): Animator
  • The Maxx (1995): TV Mini-Series, background layout artist, 7 episodes


  • The Iron Giant (1999): CGI animator
  • Mummies Alive! The Legend Begins (1998): 3D computer animator
  • Mummies Alive! (1997): computer animator, episode: "Pack to the Future"


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  1. ^ Debruge, Peter (June 16, 2016). "Film Review: 'The Secret Life of Pets'". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Grinch". IMDB. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  4. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 1, 2014). "41st Annual Annie Awards Live Blog: 'Frozen' Wins Best Animated Feature". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (December 3, 2012). "'Brave,' 'Guardians' and 'Wreck-It Ralph' lead 40th annual Annie Awards nominees". Hitfix. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Dilbert". The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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