Alan Barillaro was born in Niagara Falls in 1975. He grew up in the community of Chippawa and went to school at Sacred Heart Elementary. Barillaro’s interest in art and animation began at a young age. He worked his way up through the ranks at various commercial houses during high school and continued his studies at Sheridan College for Animation.
Barillaro joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997. Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Academy Award®-winning features “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “WALL•E,” “Brave” and “Incredibles 2.” On those last four features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life.
In 2017, Barillaro won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Short film, “Piper,” which he wrote and directed. “Piper” also won the ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.
Barillaro has been honoured with the ICFF award, for Outstanding Career.