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Lee Edward Unkrich is an American director, film editor, producer, storyboard artist, screenwriter, and occasional voice actor. He was a member of the creative team at Pixar Animation Studios. He served as an editor for the studios' early films then later co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. (alongside David Silverman), and Finding Nemo. He made his solo director debut with 2010's Toy Story 3 and later directed 2017's Coco, for which he won an Academy Award.

On January 18, 2019, Unkrich announced he would leave the company after over twenty-four years of work.

Feature Film Filmography


Year Film Position Subsidiary
1995 Toy Story Editor Pixar
1998 A Bug's Life Editor/Voice Actor (Ant with Seed)
1999 Toy Story 2 Co-Director/Editor/Additional Story Material/Voice Actor (Red Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot)
2001 Monsters, Inc. Co-Director/Additional Editor/Additional Voices
2003 Finding Nemo Co-Director/Supervising Editor/Additional Voices
2006 Cars Additional Editor
2007 Ratatouille
2009 Up Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2010 Toy Story 3 Director/Story/Additional Voice/Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2012 Brave Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2013 Monsters University Executive Producer/Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2015 Inside Out Senior Creative Team: Pixar
The Good Dinosaur Executive Producer
2017 Coco Director/Story
2019 Toy Story 4 Executive Producer/Story

Animated Shorts Filmography

Year Film Position Subsidiary
2000 For the Birds Thanks Pixar
2002 Mike's New Car Special Thanks
2008 Presto
2011 Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation
2013 The Blue Umbrella
Toy Story of Terror! Extra Special Thanks
2014 Lava Special Thanks
Toy Story That Time Forgot Extra Special Thanks
2015 Sanjay's Super Team Special Thanks
2016 Piper

Disney/Pixar Roles


  • In 2006, Lee Unkrich pitched to Bob Iger an idea for a film involving animals living in an apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that would have been a "Hitchcockian murder mystery". However, he put this project aside in order to direct Toy Story 3.[1]



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In The Past
Glenn McQueenDaniel GersonJohn KahrsJoe RanftJustin WrightDan LeeLee UnkrichJohn LasseterRob Gibbs
Brain Trust Directors
Andrew StantonBrad Bird
Angus MacLanePeter SohnSanjay PatelDan ScanlonRonnie del CarmenMark AndrewsBrenda ChapmanSteve PurcellBrian FeeEnrico CasarosaDomee Shi
Jonas RiveraDarla K. AndersonKori RaeKatherine Sarafian
Chief Creative Officer
Pete Docter
Associated Figures
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Signature Voice Actors
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Signature Musicians
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