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As a youngster in Clawson, Mich., DAN SCANLON (Director/Screenplay by/Story by) possessed a love for Warner Bros. cartoons, animated Disney films, and as fate would have it, Pixar short films. His passion inspired him to study film and animation in high school and in college where he focused on illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

Upon graduating from CCAD, Scanlon began working as an animator and story artist for Character Builders, a 2D animation company that produced feature and commercial work in Columbus, Ohio.

Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Disney Pixar's award- winning features "Cars" and "Toy Story 3." During the initial production stages for both films, he worked to translate the director's story ideas into the film's first visual format: storyboards.

With John Lasseter, Scanlon also co-directed the original short film "Mater and the Ghostlight," which is included as one of the bonus features on the "Cars" DVD. In addition to his work at Pixar, Scanlon simultaneously wrote and directed the live action film "Tracy," released in 2009.


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