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Ash Brannon (born 1969 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American animator, writer, and director. He was an animator on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2. Besides working at Pixar, he has also worked with Dreamworks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf's Up. In his spare time, he teaches the Character Animation course at CalArts. He also directed and wrote the 2016 computer-animated film Rock Dog.


  • Toy Story (1995): directing animator and story artist
  • A Bug's Life (1998): story artist
  • Toy Story 2 (1999): co-director, animator, character designer for new characters, and original story


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  • Al McWhiggin's license plate reads "LZTYBRN," which is "Al's Toy Barn" minus the vowel letters and the "Z" replacing the "S". It is also the actual license plate of Ash Brannon according to the Toy Story 2: Special Edition commentary.