Biography for Conrad Vernon

Conrad Vernon is currently directing the new installment of the Madagascar franchise, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Prior to Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Vernon directed the blockbuster his Monsters vs. Aliens. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2004 with the Academy Award®-nominated Shrek 2. In addition to directing, Vernon is the voice of the Gingerbread Man in the Shrek franchise and the chimp Mason in the Madagascar franchise.

Vernon joined DreamWorks in 1996, and worked as a storyboard artist on PDI/DreamWorks' first computer-animated feature film, Antz, as well as the traditionally animated comedy The Road to El Dorado. In addition, he served as a storyboard artist and additional dialogue writer on the Academy Award®-winning Shrek.

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Vernon served as a storyboard artist at Film Roman on the popular animated television comedy The Simpsons. Vernon's other animation work includes directing for Itsy Bitsy Spider, writer and storyboard artist on The Ren & Stimpy Show, and writing and storyboarding on Hanna-Barbera's 2 Stupid Dogs and Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life. He began his film career in 1991 on Cool World as an animator, effects animator, gag writer, layout artist and character designer.