Phil Johnston (filmmaker)

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Phil Johnston
Born October 26, 1971
Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer

Phil Johnston (born October 26, 1971) is an American screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for writing the screenplay for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Zootopia (2016).[1]

Early career

Before becoming a film professional, Johnston was a reporter at the Omaha, Nebraska, ABC affiliate, KETV.[2]


Year Film Role
2004 A Thousand Words (Short) Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
2005 Two Men (Short) Producer
2005 Rupture (Short) Role of Chet Rimson (Radio Announcer)
2005 Flightless Birds (Short) Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
2006 The Night Listener Assistant to Patrick Stettner
2007 Bomb (Short) Producer
2007 Savage Grace Researcher
2010 Ghosts/Aliens Writer, Executive Producer
2011 Cedar Rapids Writer
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Story by, Screenplay by, Voice of Surge Protector
2013 Garlan Hulse: Where Potential Lives Producer, Role of Garlan Hulse
2016 Zootopia Story by, Screenplay by, Voice of Gideon Grey and Annoyed Citizen
2016 The Brothers Grimsby Story by, Screenplay by, Executive Producer
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Director (with Rich Moore), Writer[2]
TBA The Phantom Tollbooth Screenplay by[3]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 WorldFest Houston Independent Student Film & Videos - Graduate Level Student Productions A Thousand Words Won
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Cedar Rapids Nominated
2013 Annie Awards Writing in an Animated Feature Production Wreck-It Ralph Won
2017 Annie Awards Writing in an Animated Feature Production Zootopia Won [4]


  1. ^ "Welcome to Zootopia at D23 EXPO!". D23. August 15, 2015. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015. (Registration required (help)).
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Laurann. "Oscars Preview: What goes in to making an Oscar-winning animated film?". Omaha, Nebraska: KETV. Archived from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
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  4. ^ "44th Annie Award Nominees". International Animated Film Society. November 28, 2016. Archived from the original on July 17, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2016.

External links

  • Phil Johnston on IMDb
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