Daniel Michael "Dan" Scanlon is an American director, producer, storyboard artist, screenwriter, and animator at Pixar Animation Studios.

Before joining Pixar, Scanlon was an animator for and served as a storyboard artist for direct to video features, such as The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.

Scanlon joined Pixar in September 2001 and worked as a storyboard artist on Cars and Toy Story 3. He also served as a member of the senior creative team on Brave and Inside Out.

In 2013, Scanlon made his directorial debut with the prequel Monsters University.

Scanlon directed the 2020 Pixar film, Onward.


  • Coincidentally, Monsters University was released on Scanlon's 37th birthday (and one day after John Goodman's 61st).


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