RATATOUILLE writer/director Brad Bird is to be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement prize by the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) for his contribution to animated film.
The WGA West's Animation Writers Caucus will honour the two-time Oscar winner at an awards luncheon in Los Angeles later this month (Apr08).
Bird wrote and directed Disney/Pixar's hit movie The Incredibles in 2005 and 2007's critically acclaimed Ratatouille - and both films landed him the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
And now his achievements will be honoured by the WGA, reports industry publication Variety.
WGA West President Patric Verrone says, "Brad's work has put him in the pantheon of animation creators for whom the art and craft of animation writing are elegantly (and sometimes literally) drawn together."
Bird's credits also include Disney's 1981 animated adventure The Fox and the Hound, Steven Spielberg's 1987 live action picture Batteries Not Included, and TV series including The Simpsons and King of the Hill.