Andrew Stanton (full name Andrew Christopher Stanton Jr.) was born on December 3, 1965, in Rockport, Massachusetts. In his childhood, he was interested in becoming a cartoon-strip author. Later on, those interests shifted and he pursued animation at the California Institute of the Arts.
During his first job after graduation, he learnt the details of animation. He had always wanted to be a part of Disney, but he could not land a job with them after a number of tries. In 1990, Andrew Stanton joined the animation studio Pixar and became an important contributor to the studio's initial success. His work on "Light and Heavy" and "Surprise" earned him the interest of top officials at Pixar.
Andrew Stanton's work in "Toy Story" (1995) marked a milestone for Pixar. The movie became a huge hit
earning high revenue and critical appraisal. It also established a strong place for Pixar in the animation industry.
Stanton began to take active part in all subsequent Pixar's productions. With increase in ranks, Andrew Stanton got the chance to co-direct the animated movie "A Bug's Life" (1998). For the next few years, he worked on high profile projects like "Toy Story 2" (1999) and "Monsters, Inc." (2001).
He achieved even more exposure and success when he directed the animated movie "Finding Nemo" (2003). He had conceived the idea for the movie and, till date, it is Pixar's best selling movie. It also earned an Oscar for the category of Best Animated Feature.
After that, Andrew Stanton devoted himself to his next big work, "WALL-E" of 2008. The movie was acclaimed among the best movies of the year. He has been working on the next Pixar project, adapted from "John Carter of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Why is he famous?
Andrew Stanton is famous as an animator and director. He has directed the movies "Finding Nemo" (2003) for which he won an Oscar and "WALL-E" (2008).
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"I almost feel like it's an obligation to not further the status quo if you become somebody with influence and exposure. I don't want to paint the same painting again. I don't want to make the same sculpture again. Why shouldn't a big movie studio be able to make those small independent kinds of pictures? Why not change it up?"
- Andrew Stanton
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