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ERIC DARNELL (Director) joined PDI's Character Animation Group in 1991. Since then, he has helmed numerous commercial and film projects, drawing upon his multi-faceted talents in animation, visual effects and art direction. His in-house animated short entitled "Gas Planet" garnered international recognition, including the Ottawa Animation Festival Special Jury Prize.

For a brief time, Darnell left PDI to assist with computer animation research and development for DreamWorks' upcoming epic drama "The Prince of Egypt." Returning to PDI, he took up directing chores on "Antz."

Darnell earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts. While completing his MFA. he was awarded filmmaking grants from both the Ahmanson Foundation and the Princess Grace Foundation. Prior to joining PDI, Darnell worked as a freelance animator. His credits include directing the animated music video "Get Up" for the rock band REM.


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