Hot off her Academy Award win for Coco longtime Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson is leaving the animation studio after 25 years.
Anderson is leaving to pursue other creative and philanthropic endeavors.
“I’ve had a magical and privileged experience working at Pixar for over two decades. The creativity, imagination, and innovation at Pixar is second to none. I’m truly grateful to have been a part of this historic journey, and hold excitement for my next chapter,” Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger also commented on Anderson: “Darla has been a creative force in animation and a strong voice at Pixar for 25 years. She’s made an indelible mark on the industry as an Oscar-winning producer and a relentless champion for stories that reflect the diversity of the global audience. She takes my best wishes with her as she sets a course for her next adventure.”
“Darla is not only a storied producer, but one of the true pioneers in the creation of computer animated feature films. From A Bug’s Life to the sublime Coco, Darla has produced a remarkable body of movies that have not only raised the bar for animation, but for cinema as a whole,” Pixar chief Jim Morris said.
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Darla for over 25 years,” said Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “She was there from the beginning, when we were all figuring out how to make a computer graphics animated film and I personally owe her a debt of gratitude for all her contributions to our studio and our industry.”
Anderson’s other credits include A Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, Cars, and Toy Story 3 (Which earned her an Oscar nom, and win for Best Animated feature).
Anderson leaves the studio on a high note as Coco won 2 Academy Awards at this past Sundays Oscars.