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BRAD BIRD (Director) is the director of the Academy® Award-winning films "Ratatouille” and "The Incredibles,” and of the critically acclaimed 1999 animated feature, "The Iron Giant,” which won the International Animated Film Society's Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature.

Bird began his first animated film at the age of 11, and finished it nearly three years later.  The film brought him to the attention of Walt Disney Studios where, at age 14, he was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of a distinguished group of Disney's legendary animators known as the "Nine Old Men.”  Bird eventually worked as an animator at Disney and other studios.

Bird's credits include acting as executive consultant on The Simpsons and King of the Hill, the two longest running and most celebrated animated series on television.  He also created, wrote, directed and co-produced the Family Dog episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, and co-wrote the screenplay for the live-action feature "*Batteries Not Included.”

His is currently directing the new "Mission: Impossible,” which will be released in 2011.


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