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Director Lee Unkrich poses with the Oscar for Toy Story 3 in 2011.

COCO And TOY STORY 3 Director Lee Unkrich Announces His Departure From Pixar

Big news in the animation world, the director behind the enormously successful Toy Story 3 and the Oscar winning film, Coco, Lee Unkrich has announced he’ll be leaving Pixar Animation Studios. Unkrich announced the news via his Twitter account.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter regarding his departure, Unkrich is quoted as saying “I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” 

Lee Unkrich began his career at Pixar 25 years ago as an editor on the first Toy Story film. He went on to co-direct Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, and Finding Nemo.