Brad Bird is a highly renowned personality in the Hollywood film industry. He is a multitalented professional who has achieved a lot of success as an animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor. Some of his best directorial works include animation films such as ‘The Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘The Incredibles 2’ & you would surely be amazed to know that all these films are also written by him. He won two ‘Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature’ for ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, and also earned nominations for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for both. He was also the director of the blockbuster film starring Tom Cruise ‘Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol’.
Brad Bird’s Early Life
Phillip Bradley Bird was born on September 24, 1957, in Kalispell, Montana, United States. His parents are Marjorie and Philip Cullen Bird and he’s the youngest member in the family of four children. His grandfather, Francis Wesley ‘Frank’ Bird, was president and chief executive of the Montana Power Company. As a child, Brad has excellent imagination and drawing skills. At the age of 11, he met Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston at the Walt Disney Studios and then made his mind to join Disney’s animation team. He also made a 15-minute short animated video, ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ just at the age of 13. He did his graduation from Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon. He then attended the California Institute of the Arts, founded by Walt Disney. It was during this time that he met and befriended future animator and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter.
Brad Bird’s Professional Career
Brad Bird first joined Disney as an animator and worked in animated films such as ‘The Small One’ (1978), ‘The Fox and the Hound’ (1981), and ‘The Black Cauldron’ (1985). He was then fired during the production of ‘The Fox and the Hound’ for criticizing lack of quality.
He then started working for television as an animator with ‘Garfield on the Town’ (1983). He was also the writer, director, and co-producer of the ‘Family Dog’ episode of Steven Spielberg’s anthology series ‘Amazing Stories’ (1987). He then worked on several popular TV series like ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Rugrats’, ‘The Critic’ and ‘King of the Hill’.
Brad Bird’s ‘The Iron Giant’ (1999)
In the year 1999, Brad directed his first animated science fiction film titled ‘The Iron Giant’ produced by Warner Bros. He himself wrote this film was made on a lower budget. The film underperformed at the box office due to poor marketing and was praised for its story, animation, characters, the portrayal of the title character. The film won several awards gathered a cult following and is widely regarded as a modern animated classic.
Brad Bird’s ‘The Incredibles’ (2004)
Brad was roped in by Steve Jobs to work for Pixar. In the year 2004, he went on to write and direct the 2004 animated superhero film, ‘The Incredibles’. Upon its release, the film became a box-office success with extremely positive reviews from critics and audiences. The film won two Academy Awards and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. The film also features his voice for the character Edna Mode, the superhero costume designer.
Brad Bird’s ‘Ratatouille’ (2007)
In the year 2007, Brad worked on another blockbuster animation film titled ‘Ratatouille’. He himself wrote and directed the film and upon its release, it became another top-grossing Pixar film. The film received extremely positive reviews from fans and critics. He won two ‘Best Animated Feature’ awards for the film at the ‘Oscars’ and the ‘Golden Globes’, apart from another ‘Best Original Screenplay nomination at the ‘Academy Awards’.
Brad Bird’s ‘Incredibles 2’ (2015)
In 2018, Brad returned to Pixar, for the sequel of the successful film ‘The Incredibles’ which was titled ‘Incredibles 2’. The film was a massive success at the global box office with more than a $1.245 billion collection.
Brad Bird’s Family
Brad Bird is married to writer and film editor Elizabeth Canney since 1988. The couple has three children whom they named Michael, Nicholas, and Jack Bird.
Brad Bird’s Net Worth
Brad Bird is estimated to have a net worth of $40 million.