Clay Kaytis was born and raised in Southern California. After his first two jobs at Disneyland, Kaytis willed his way into an internship at Walt Disney Feature Animation (now Walt Disney Animation Studios) and for the next 19 years cultivated his animation career among the best in the industry. As a Studio Department Leader, Kaytis was instrumental in guiding the Animation Department to produce industry leading animation, starting with Tangled. Today he incorporates the principles he learned at Disney – entertainment, appeal, heart – with his off-beat sense of humor as a filmmaker. His directorial debut, The Angry Birds Movie, releases in theaters May 20, 2016.


Rovio Animation Company


The Angry Birds Movie  •  Director



Walt Disney Animation Studios


Frozen  •  Animator

Wreck-it Ralph  •  Animator, also End Credit Title Design

Paperman  •  Final Line Animator

Tangled Ever After  •  Animation Supervisor

Tangled  •  Animation Supervisor

Bolt  •  Supervising Animator – Rhino

Meet the Robinsons  •  Animator

Chicken Little  •  Animator

Home on the Range  •  Animator

Treasure Planet  •  Animator

The Emperor’s New Groove  •  Animator

Fantasia 2000  •  Animating Assistant

Tarzan  •  Rough Inbetweener

Mulan  •  Rough Inbetweener

Hercules  •  Rough Inbetweener

The Hunchback of Notre Dame  •  Breakdown Inbetweener

Pocahontas  •  Inbetweener



Illumination Entertainment


Hop Kodak Commercial  •  Animation Direction

Hop Comcast Commercial  •  Animation Direction

Hop Electronic Press Kit (EPK)  •  Animation Direction

Hop ESPN Bumper  •  Animation Direction


2010 VES Award

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Tangled


2009 VES Award

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture, Rhino in Bolt


The Making of Tangled  •  2011 – FMX, Paris ACM SIGGRAPH, London ACM SIGGRAPH, Gnomon School of Visual Arts, Beijing Film Academy, Annecy International Animation Festival, CTNx, CalArts, Gobelins, Double Negative

2012 – Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: Chapman University


A Conversation with John Musker and Ron Clements  •  2011 – CTNx


Animating Rhino in Bolt  •  2009 – Calgary Comic Expo, Adapt Montreal, CalArts


Listen to Clay’s enthusiasm for animation on The Animation Podcast.

also known for

Clay is represented by WME, Manager David Guillod of Primary Wave Entertainment and Entertainment Attorney Mark Binder of Weston, Garrou & Mooney.


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