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Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton [12]

Born:December 3, 1965 (56)
Filmography Rating:8.65 / 10
IMDB Rating:8.03 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.59 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93.21%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Toy Story [1995](30) => Writer
A Bug's Life [1998](33) => Director / Writer / Bug Zapper Bug #2 (voice)
Toy Story 2 [1999](34) => Writer / Evil Emperor Zurg
Monsters, Inc. [2001](36) => Writer
Finding Nemo [2003](38) => Director / Writer / Crush  (voice)
The Incredibles [2004](39) => Additional Voices (voice)
Cars [2006](41) => Fred (voice)
WALL·E [2008](43) => Director / Writer / Axiom Passenger #1 (voice)
Toy Story 3 [2010](45) => Writer
John Carter [2012](47) => Director / Writer
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 2 [2012](47) => Writer
Toy Story 4 [2019](54) => Writer / Original Story

Trivia that mentions this person:
Finding Nemo [2003]
  • Nemo's father Marlin was originally voiced by William H. Macy. According to [?] James B. Stewart's book "DisneyWar", it was after seeing an early cut of the film with Macy's voice that then-Disney CEO [?] Michael Eisner infamously told his board of directors, "This will be a reality check for those guys...It's OK, but nowhere near as good as their previous films. Of course, they think it's great. Trust me, it's not." Director Andrew Stanton recast the role of Marlin with Albert Brooks, and the film went on to get some of Pixar's best reviews ever and become the highest-grossing animated film of all-time.
  • Director Andrew Stanton originally planned to reveal the fate of Marlin's wife gradually through flashbacks seen periodically as the story unfolded. After a few early in-house screenings, he found that Marlin came off as too much of a worrywart, and decided to reveal the entire back-story up front, thus making Marlin more appealing by establishing the reason for his over-protectiveness.
  • Director Andrew Stanton did the voice of Crush the sea turtle. Stanton never intended to do the voice of Crush, only providing the voice for the film's rough cut, but when it proved popular in test screenings, he decided to do it for the final film. Stanton recorded all of Crush's dialogue lying on his couch in his office.
  • Surpassed The Lion King to become the highest-grossing animated film at that time. The Lion King producer [?] Don Hahn called director Andrew Stanton to congratulate him and said, "It's about time".
  • Andrew Stanton pitched his idea and story to Pixar head John Lasseter in an hour-long session, using elaborate visual aids and character voices. At the end of it, the exhausted Stanton asked Lasseter what he thought, to which Lasseter replied, "You had me at 'fish'."
    WALL·E [2008]
  • Andrew Stanton claimed that the film's central theme was that irrational love can defeat everything, including programming.
  • Andrew Stanton and the Pixar team watched every single Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie (the short films and the features) every day during lunch for about a year and a half. This was to inspire the possibilities of pure visual storytelling.
    A Bug's Life [1998]
  • The characters of "Tuck and Roll" were inspired by a drawing that Andrew Stanton did of two bugs fighting when he was in second grade.
  • During the summer of 1994, Pixar's story department began turning their thoughts to their next film, while Toy Story was in post-production. The storyline of A Bug's Life originated in a lunchtime conversation between John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft, the studio's head story team. Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL·E were also conceived at this lunch. Lasseter and his story team had already been drawn to the idea of insects as characters. Insects, like toys, were within the reach of computer animation at the time due to their relatively simple surfaces. Stanton and Ranft wondered whether they could find a starting point in [?] Aesop's fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. Walt Disney had produced his own version with a cheerier ending decades earlier in the 1934 short film The Grasshopper and the Ants.
  • DIRECTOR CAMEO: The two mosquitoes trapped in the light of the bugzapper ("Frank, don't go towards the light!" "I can't help it - it's so beautiful!") are the voices of the co-directors, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.
    John Carter [2012]
  • Although being based on the first book of the series, {A Princess of Mars}, the film was originally titled John Carter of Mars, but Andrew Stanton removed "of Mars" to make it more appealing to a broader audience, stating that the film is an "origin story. It's about a guy becoming John Carter of Mars." Stanton planned to keep "Mars" in the title for future films in the series.
  • Andrew Stanton often sought advice from people he had worked with at Pixar on animated films (known as the Braintrust) instead of those with live-action experience working with him. also was quoted as saying, "I said to my producers, 'Is it just me, or do we actually know how to do this better than live-action crews do?'"
  • Andrew Stanton has already confessed that he isn't too satisfied with how the movie turned out. He confessed that part of the problems came from a first-time live action director being "drunk with power" after receiving too much money and creative control.