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)


Currently in production on a re-launching of a GARFIELD animated feature film for Alcon and Sony.

Also in development on live action/animation hybrid projects for both a tv pilot and a feature film.

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

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David Reynolds is appearing at the following sessions:

Dave Reynolds's New Groove

Dave Reynolds's New Groove

He’s back to discuss his newest project: a new, hilarious adaptation of GARFIELD. Come reacquaint yourself with one of the all-time best and look to his future (and yours). Our conversations with Dave always generate solid gold advice – and this session will be no different.

The Official LSF365 PreLaunch Extravaganza!

The Official LSF365 PreLaunch Extravaganza!

Join Chris and Bob as they look forward to the next two weeks of fantastic content and adventures.

Zoom Room with Dave Reynolds

Zoom Room with Dave Reynolds

Always generous with his time and welcoming to all delegates, Dave can give you laser-sharp career advice or regale you with stories from Pixar, and everything in between.