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Brad Bird



A filmmaker who possess the rare ability to truly instill his animated creations with lifelike sentiments, identifiable emotions, and most of all heart, director Brad Bird has found notable success in film with such efforts as The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. Rising through the ranks with an impressive resumé, which includes such popular animated efforts as television's The Simpsons and the groundbreaking Amazing Stories episode "Family Dog," it seemed only a matter of time before the gifted storyteller ventured into feature territory. By the time Bird stepped behind the camera for 1999's endearing boy-meets-giant-robot fable The Iron Giant, it was obvious to all who saw the film what a unique talent the director really possessed. Began at age eleven and completed when the fledgling Bird was a tender fourteen, his first animated film eventually caught the attention of Walt Disney Studios -- and it wasn't long before the ambitious youngster was being mentored under the tutelage of legendary Mouse House animator Milt Kahl. Following a stint as a Disney animator on such features as The Fox and the Hound and The Plague Dogs, Bird branched out to numerous other studios -- his trademark style and humor always well in place. Later serving as an executive consultant to both King of the Hill and The Simpsons, Bird was soon ready to tackle his first feature. Released to near universal critical acclaim in the summer of 1999, The Iron Giant told the tale of a warm friendship between a boy and a giant robot set against the prejudice of small-town America. A film with a big star and an even bigger heart, The Iron Giant pointed to great things to come from Bird. Courted by Pixar following his initial feature success, Bird was soon hard at work on his theatrical follow-up, The Incredibles. An affectionate tale of an aging group of ex-superheroes struggling to balance suburban family life with the instinctual need to fight crime, The Incredibles opened to equally ecstatic reviews in the fall of 2004. Though critical praise and box-office success don't necessarily go hand in hand, the synergy between the two was flawless in this particular case and The Incredibles proved a massive success in theaters across the country. When it came time to hand out the award for Best Animated Feature at The 77th Annual Academy Awards the enthusiasm had apparently rubbed off on the Motion Picture Academy -- with the film being awarded both the top animation prize as well as a "Best Sound Editing" award at that year's ceremony.



By this point, audiences and critics - roundly dazzled by the Incredibles phenomenon -- sat on pins and needles waiting for Bird's next work of genius, naturally another Disney-Pixar joint production. It arrived, none too soon, in 2007. Ratatouille tells of a Gallic rat named Remy (voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt) in a decidedly precarious situation. As one of the lowest species of animal life, he happens to have an inconvenient preference for haute cuisine -- particularly inconvenient given his location beneath the kitchen of a fancy French gourmet restaurant, that tempts him to go upstairs and try out his skills. Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm and John Ratzenberger also provide vocal talent in the picture. The film was yet another box office hit, and garnered considerably strong reviews. The Acdemy rewarded Bird with his second nomination for Best Original Screenplay.



In 2011 Bird broke new ground by directing his first live-action film, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the fourth film in the mega-successful Tom Cruise franchise. The film was a box-office blockbuster, and earned some of the strongest reviews of any movie in the series.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Incredibles 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2018
No Score Yet The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
71% Jurassic World
  • Monrail Announcer
2015
50% Tomorrowland
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2015
No Score Yet 1906
  • Director
2012
94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Director
2011
86% The Pixar Story
  • Actor
2007
96% Ratatouille
  • Ambrister Minion
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jack-Jack Attack
  • Director
2005
97% The Incredibles
  • Edna Mode 'E'
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Nisonger Sensory Friendly Screening: The Iron Giant
  • Director
1999
96% The Iron Giant
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
64% *batteries not included
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Doctor of Doom
  • Actor
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Director

Quotes from Brad Bird's Characters