Jim Capobianco

Jim Capobianco

Writer / Director / Producer

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, “Your Friend The Rat”,  found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films.Jim followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E .

A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Jim relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out.

In 2009 Jim finished “Leonardo” his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Jim co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 9th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim is bringing his story and design expertise to the independent world of film and animation.



The Lion KIng – storyboard artist

Hunchback of Notre Dame – storyboard artist

Fantasia 2000 – storyboard artist


A Bug’s Life – storyboard artist

Toy Story 2 – storyboard artist

Monster Inc. – storyboard artist

Finding Nemo – storyboard artist

Ratatouille – writer / story supervisor

‘Your Friend the Rat’ – writer / director

Wall-e – directed end titles

Up – un-credited storyboard artist

Carstoons: Air Mater – storyboards

Inside Out – storyboard artist

Good Dinosaur – additional story

Finding Dory – storyboard artist

Coco – storyboard artist

Independent projects

‘Leonardo’ – filmmaker

‘How to be a Good Bagger’ – writer / director

Revisiting Apollo: Apollo 15 – director

The Inventor (pre production) – writer / director/ producer