- May 23, 1980 (age 40)
Joshua Cooley (born May 23, 1980) is an American animator, screenwriter, director and voice actor. He is best known for working on 2015 Pixar's animated film Inside Out and directing the short film Riley's First Date?. He made his feature directorial debut in 2019 with the fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise.
Cooley was recruited by Joe Ranft at the Pixar Animation Studios, where he started his career as an intern, mostly working as a storyboard artist on several films like The Incredibles in 2004, Cars in 2006, Ratatouille in 2007, Up in 2009, and Cars 2 in 2011. In 2009, Cooley wrote and directed a short film George & A.J. for Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures.
In 2015, Cooley worked as a screenwriter and storyboard supervisor on the film Inside Out, the film was released on June 19, 2015 by the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The same year, he wrote and directed another short film titled Riley's First Date? which released along with the Inside Out's Blu-ray. In 2019, Cooley made his feature directorial debut with Pixar's Toy Story 4.