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Pixar's Andrew Stanton, Animating From Life

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Pixar's Andrew Stanton, Animating From Life

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Animator Andrew Stanton once wrote for the 1980s television show Mighty Mouse. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Animator Andrew Stanton once wrote for the 1980s television show Mighty Mouse.

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Wall-E's expressive hinged-camera eyes, Stanton says, came to him when a seatmate at a baseball game passed him a pair of binoculars. Pixar hide caption

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Wall-E's expressive hinged-camera eyes, Stanton says, came to him when a seatmate at a baseball game passed him a pair of binoculars.

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Creating charming trash compactors, cuddly fish, and intimidating grasshoppers? All part of Andrew Stanton's job.

Stanton is a driving force at animation powerhouse Pixar, having been involved in all nine of the studio's feature film releases.

He joined the studio in 1990, hired as its second animator and ninth employee. Since then, he's worked in such capacities as director, producer, screenwriter, animator and even occasional voice actor.

Most recently, Stanton directed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Wall-E. The film tells the story of a romance between two robots in a post-apocalyptic future.

Stanton also wrote and directed Finding Nemo, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2004. His writing credits also include Monsters, Inc., Toy Story and A Bug's Life.

These days, Stanton is working on John Carter of Mars, and adaptation of Edward Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series. The film will differ from previous Pixar releases in that it will blend CGI animation with live-action footage. The film is slated to be released in 2012.

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