Angus MacLane

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Angus MacLane was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Growing up, he had dreamed of being a comic book artist or perhaps a rock star. He one day even hoped he could work at the local animation house Will Vinton Studios (now LAIKA). He would later do some work for the studio.

He studied 2D animation in school and received a bachelor of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Initially he wanted to be a comic book artist but midway through school switched to animation.

He joined Pixar in 1997 and his first assignment was as an animator on Geri’s Game. Angus has the distinction of working on every Pixar feature film except the original Toy Story. This included animation on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, For the Birds and Finding Nemo.  In addition to his regular animation duties, he also helped with character development on Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles. For his animation work on The Incredibles, he was awarded the Annie for Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation.

Angus served as the Supervising Animator on Academy Award nominated One Man Band, but then switched gears to work on the story team for Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E. As the story boarding process wrapped up, Angus transitioned to the role of Directing Animator for the film.

After animating a small scene in the film for an ancillary character named BURN-E, Angus wanted to know what might happen to the character. After pestering Stanton to include BURN-E’s story arc as part of the film, Stanton encouraged him to develop it into a short. BURN-E (written and directed by MacLane) debuted alongside the WALL-E DVD/Blu-ray.

Angus worked briefly on the animation for Pete Docter’s Up, did animation work on Toy Story 3 and recently wrote and directed the Toy Story Toon: Small Fry.

Filmography

  • Geri’s Game (1997) (animator)
  • A Bug’s Life (1998) (additional animator)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999) (animator, additional storyboard artist)
  • For the Birds (2000) (animator)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) (animator, character developer, additional storyboarding)
  • Finding Nemo (2003) (animator)
  • The Incredibles (2004) (animator, character developer)
  • One Man Band (2005) (supervising animator)
  • Cars (2006) (additional animator)
  • Ratatouille (2007) (additional animator)
  • WALL-E (2008) (directing animator, storyboard artist)
  • BURN-E (2008) (director, story, voice of BURN-E)
  • Up (2009) (animator)
  • Toy Story 3 (2011) (animator)
  • Small Fry (2011) (writer,director)

Tidbits

  • Angus mainly focused on animating the deluded Al’s Toy Barn Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2.
  • Had pitch a side story idea for The Incredibles about the Nomaisan guards that Brad Bird was excited about, but was unable to do it because of budget constraints.
  • It was an idea by Angus (inspired by his father, who designed inkjet printers) to give WALL-E a track around his side which allowed him to position his arms differently and give him a range of motion.
  • His favorite movie of all time is James Cameron’s Aliens. Other all time favorites includes Raiders of the Lost Ark, Leon, The Big Lebowski, The Empire Strikes Back, Le Cercle RougeGuns of Navarone and Airplane.Other recent favorites include Children of Men, The Wrestler, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Planet B-Boy, Once, King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Lives of Others, Let the Right One In, Twilight Samurai, The Station Agent, The Visitor, You Can Count on Me, Little Miss Sunshine and Grizzly Man.
  • Angus is avid Lego builder. You can check out his many creations (including Wall-E, Carl Fredricksen and more) at his flickr account.

Interviews

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