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 12th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim most recently was the 2D animation sequence director for Walt Disney Motion Pictures’, Mary Poppins Returns and is currently working with acclaimed composer Mason Bates and director Gary Rydstrom on Philharmonia Fantastique, a Fantasia film for live symphony to premiere at Chicago Symphony in March and then San Francisco Symphony in April 2020.
Jim is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.