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David Reynolds

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Dave began his writing career in 1993 as one of the original writers on NBC’s, Late Night With Conan O’Brien. In 1995, after over 400 shows, he moved to Los Angeles to work on Tarzan for Disney. There he met with a little-known animation studio named Pixar (Toy Story would be released later that year). He was hired to help develop their second feature, A Bug’s Life.

For the next six years, he worked on (almost) every Disney or Pixar animated movie in production. Including writing the screenplay for The Emperor’s New Groove as well as co-writing Finding Nemo.

He was nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay for Nemo, as well as a BAFTA for New Groove.


Finding Nemo (Co-screenplay)
The Emperor’s New Groove (Screenplay)
Toy Story 2 & 3
Chicken Little
A Bug’s Life


Late Night With Conan O’Brien (Original writer)


Writing a live action script Brooklyn Family Robinson for Disney starring Steve Carell.

Completed rewrites for Candy Land for Adam Sandler and Sony.

Dave and his wife Dawn have two lovely daughters and two very energetic dogs. They live in Los Angeles.

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