Robert Lence has been a major contributor on some of the most successful films in the history of animated features. In his twenty-eight-year animation career, he has worked as a Screenwriter, Head of Story, Storyboard Artist, Visual Development Artist, and Story Consultant, helping create original characters, writing dialogue, and shaping the story on over a dozen major-release animated features.
Robert has worked at Walt Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks. His film work includes such all-time hits as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Shrek. Robert served as Co-Head of Story on Pixar’s 1995 Toy Story, the first ever computer animated feature film. A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Robert attended the California Institute of the Arts’ highly regarded Character Animation program for two years. He has also served as a member of the Cal Arts faculty, as a story teacher and story consultant. Robert is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. He recently illustrated his first children’s book, “Wrestling the ABC’s”. A native of New York City, Robert has worked, taught and lectured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York, London, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Korea and Russia.