Barry Cook is a veteran of film and animation with 40 years of experience in the industry. He began his career at Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked as an assistant animator on the pilot episode of “The Smurfs”. In the early 1980’s he was hired by Walt Disney Studios to lend his talents as an Effects Animator to such notable features as “Tron”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”.
In 1992 Barry made his directing debut and his mark as a computer graphics pioneer with the CG short “Off His Rockers”. He continued to sharpen his directorial skills on the Disney/Amblin short “Trail Mix-Up” starring Roger Rabbit.
His feature debut was in 1998 with Disney’s “Mulan” which became an instant classic. For his work on the picture, Barry received the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for “Best Individual Achievement for Feature Directing”.
Barry also developed the feature film properties “My Peoples” for Disney in 2003 and “Mean Margaret” for Starz Entertainment in 2005. LAIKA Entertainment engaged Barry in 2008 as a development director where he co-wrote the screenplay “Jack & Ben”.
In 2009 Barry signed with Aardman Animations and co-directed their hilarious CG animated feature “Arthur Christmas” which was released by Sony/Columbia Pictures in 2011.
Barry’s next feature as director was, “Walking with Dinosaurs” from 20th Century Fox and BBC Earth released in 2013. The film’s innovative look was achieved by combining photo-realistic CG creature animation with stunning live-action vistas shot in remote locations in Alaska and New Zealand.
For more than a decade, Barry has also been creatively involved with CRU and the “Jesus Film Project” as a writer and story director for several short film projects including their Animation titles “My Last Day” (2011), “Legion” (2019) and “Chosen Witness” (2021).
Under the banner of his own company Studio PB&J, LLC, Barry continues to write and produce original ideas for film, podcast and publishing. Currently in production is an audio drama titled “The Happy Place” and a delightful Children’s book titled “Gumdrop Ghost” with distribution of both works scheduled for an autumn release in 2022.