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Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton, 2009
Born Andrew Stanton
December 3, 1965 (1965-12-03) (age 44)
Rockport, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Julie Stanton

Andrew Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Finding Nemo and WALL-E; both films earned him the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.


Life and Career

Stanton was born in Rockport, Massachusetts. He studied character animation at CalArts and graduated from the school in 1987. He joined Pixar in January, 1990 and was the second animator (John Lasseter being the first) and ninth overall employee hired at the studio.

In an interview with World Magazine's Megan Basham, Stanton explained his singular vision for WALL-E: "(W)hat really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but that's not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to say—that irrational love defeats the world's programming. You've got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience love."[1]

Stanton has started working on his next film, John Carter of Mars, set for release early 2012 by Disney.[2]

He has a son named Ben and a daughter named Audrey. He lives in Mill Valley, California.



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