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Director and Story Artist

John Rice is a film and television animation director and story artist. He recently co-directed “The Angry Birds Movie 2” which was released by Sony Pictures in August 2019.

Rice has directed on “Rick and Morty,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Simpsons Ride” at Universal Studios, “King of the Hill,” and “Beavis and Butt-head.” 

He was lead story artist on “The Angry Birds Movie” and directed all of the short films starring the Hatchlings including “The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm,” which was released theatrically.

Rice has drawn storyboards for “Freebirds,” “Gnomeo and Juliet,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” “The Simpsons” TV series, and “The Critic.” He has been working in the animation business for over 30 years.

He was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois and attended Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.