Andrew Gordon

For more than 20 years, Gordon led Pixar’s animation team to create wildly imaginative films, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles” and many more family favorites. Gordon began tinkering with animation in his teens. He studied at art schools in Vancouver, New York, California and New Jersey. Prior to joining Pixar, he was an animator in the Looney Tunes division of Warner Bros. and lectured on art at a variety of schools. The Visual Effects Society presented Gordon the Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture award for his work on “Finding Nemo.” In 2017, he received the Brand Personality Award in Animation from The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for his contributions to the world of animation. Andrew is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures. From 2004-2017, Gordon worked as Pixar’s animating director and director of promotions. In addition to his animation work, he is passionate about educating the next generation of animators. Gordon has taught animation and storytelling classes since 2000, and has helped lead the Pixar Animation Internship program four times. He recently co-founded Songchain with Allistair Lloyd Webber to create meta stars, a company that pairs great music with great characters and stories.

Participant Schedule

Friday 10/14


Acting, Animation and How we can Plus

Friday 10/14 2:00PM - 3:00PM Room 209-210

Andrew Gordon

This talk will take a look at some of the things live action actors take for granted. Choices. Animators block and then finish their work. This talk examines why some of the better animators work excels because of the choices they make. We will discuss Gesture, Cliche, Heart, Broad and Subtle and Appeal.

Sunday 10/16


Moving Pixels: All-Star Animators Panel

Sunday 10/16 10:40AM - 11:40AM Room 104-105

Andrew Gordon, Anna Gopin, Toniko Pantoja, Tom Bancroft

Talk about bringing artwork to life! Animators Anna Gopin (“Lightyear”, “The Mitchells vs the Machines”), Toniko Pantoja (“The Croods: A New Age”, “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”), and Andrew Gordon (“Ron’s Gone Wrong”, “Incredibles 2”, “Finding Dory”) share how and why they got into animation, the challenges they face during the animation process, and answer audience questions about how to become successful animators in the industry. Moderated by Tom Bancroft.