Tim Johnson (film director)

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Tim Johnson
Born (1961-08-27) August 27, 1961 (age 62) [1]
Alma mater Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences [3]
Occupation(s)Animator, film director, film producer, television director
Years active1990 – Present
Employer DreamWorks Animation (1996-present)

Tim Johnson (born August 27, 1961) is an American animator, film director, film producer, and television director. Johnson is best known for directing the DreamWorks Animation films Antz , Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas , Over the Hedge , and Home .

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Life and career

Johnson was born in Chicago. He studied at Northwestern University where he earned a BA in English Literature. He also produced two animated films; both of which earned Richter Grant Organization Awards. [4]

Upon graduating, he worked for two years as a freelance animator and director. His introduction to computer animation came in 1985 while he worked on the staff at Post Effects in Chicago. [4] He later joined Pacific Data Images in 1988 and two years later co-founded the studio's Character Animation Group. [4] He also directed the first CG Pillsbury Doughboy commercial.

Johnson won two Annie awards on Antz and Over the Hedge , an Audience Award on Over the Hedge, and a Grand Prize for The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror VI".

While at DreamWorks Animation, he also directed Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas , Home (an adaptation of The True Meaning of Smekday ), and the Christmas television special Kung Fu Panda Holiday , [5] [6] [7] and additionally served as executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon and Abominable .

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRole
1998 Antz Director
2000 Cyberworld Director: Antz segment, Animation Director: Homer3 segment
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Director
2006 Over the Hedge Director
Hammy's Boomerang Adventure Creative Consultant
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Executive Producer
2015 Home [5] [6] Director
2019 Abominable Executive Producer [8]

Television

YearTitleRole
1995 The Simpsons's Treehouse of Horror VI Computer Animation Director
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Director
2019 How To Train Your Dragon: Homecoming Director [9]

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