Subject:
Mike Johnson aka Michael W. Johnson

Birth:

*Occupation/Title: *
Director, Animation Department, Producer

*Bio Summary: *
He is from Austin, Texas. Most of his child hood was spent trying to
re-create scenes from his favorite Ray Harryhausen films with toys.
He Graduated from Rhode Island School of design in Film/Animation/
Video. He then moved to San Francisco where he became an assistant rigger
for the Tim Burton Movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. After he went
and continued doing various stop-motion productions. James and the Giant
peach was one and also a television series called Bump in the Night. In
1996 he set up his own animation company called Fat Cactus Films. He has
produced and directed a mix of stop motion projects as well as his animated
short “The Devil went down to Georgia” which has been screened at various
film festivals around the world. In 1998 he moved to Portland, Oregon where
he directed three episodes of eddie Murphy’s Emmy Award winning Television
series P.J’s. In 2002 Tim Burton had asked Johnson to join him in directing
the stop moyion feature, Corpse Bride.

*Early Life/ Family: *
Has a sister Bethany Johnson who is a writer and an artist, has a sister named Mallory, and a brother named Josh.

*Education/Training: *
Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design

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*Miscellaneous: *
Spouse Dyan (July 1989- Present) one child. Formed Fat Cactus Films in 1996.

*Filmography:*
1993- The Nightmare Before Christmas (Assistant animation rigger – As Michael W. Johnson) /(Assistant animator – as Michael W. Johnson)
1996- James and the Giant Peach (Animator - As Michael W. Johnson)
1996- The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Short)( animator)(Producer)(Director)
2000-2001- The PJS (Tv series)(3 Episodes) –Miracle Cleaner on 134th Street (2001)
-What’s Eating Juicy Hudson (2000) –Home School Daze (2000)
2005- Corpse Bride (Diector)
2005- The Screen Savers (Tv Series)(Self)
2006- Danny Elfman Interprets ‘The Two Worlds’ (Video documentary short)(self)
2006- Inside the Two Worlds of ‘The Corpse Bride’ (Video documentary short)(self)
2006- The animators: The Breath of Life (Video documentary short)(self)
2006- Making Puppets Tick (Video short)(self)
2006-Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light (Video short)(self)
2006- Voices from the Underworld (Video short)(self)

*Honors:*
1997- Chicago International Film Festival: Won Silver Hugo for best animated short film “The Devil Went Down To Georgia(1996)”
2005- Venice Film Festival: Won Future Film Festival Digital Award For “Corpse Bride (2005)” Shared with: Tim Burton
2006- Academy Awards, USA: Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year “Corpse Bride (2005)” Shared with: Tim Burton
2006- Annie Awards: Nominated for an Annie Award for Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production “Corpse Bride (2005)” Shared with: Tim Burton
2006- British Animation Awards: Won an BAA Award for Best Feature for “Corpse Bride” Corpse Bride (2005) Shared with: Tim Burton

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*Contributors To This Listing:*
Samantha Pipkin

Animators Hall of Fame