Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana on September 24, 1957. He decided to pursue his dream of being an animator as a young teenager at age 14. Starting off as an apprentice under Disney's wings; he worked with Ward Kimball, the creator of Cinderella, and Milt Kahl, the creator of Bambi.
Soon enough, he found himself directing his own animations, his first film being “The Iron Giant" in 1999. Through the critics of “The Iron Giant,” Bird was brought to the attention of Pixar Studios. (Pixar was created 13 years earlier, meaning that it was not as popular around this time).
(Fact: Brad first had the idea of “The Iron Giant” in 1993, but was unable to bring the idea to light until he joined Pixar in March of 2000).