Ashton "Ash" Brannon is an American animator, writer, and director. He was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2. Also, he was an animation traniee on The Little Mermaid and a story artist for A Bug's Life. Besides working at Pixar Animation Studios, he has also worked with DreamWorks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf's Up. In his spare time, he teaches the Character Animation course at CalArts. He has also worked as the director, writer, and provided a voice in Rock Dog.
Al McWhiggin's license plate reads "LZTYBRN," which is "Al's Toy Barn" minus the vowel letters. It was also the actual license plate of Ash Brannon's car at the time of the movie's release according to the Toy Story 2: Special Edition commentary.
Ash Brannon and Chris Buck at premiere of Surf's Up in May 2007.