Conrad Vernon (born July 11, 1968) is an American voice actor, director, writer and storyboard artist best known for his work on the DreamWorks animated film series Shrek as well as other films such as Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Penguins of Madagascar. He also co-directed the adult animated film Sausage Party (a parody of his notable works in DreamWorks), and the children's animated film The Addams Family.

Life and career[edit | edit source]

Vernon, a native of Lubbock, Texas, studied at CalArts and worked as a storyboard artist for animated productions (including Ralph Bakshi's Cool World); he also directed Morto the Magician (a four-minute animated film written by Steve Martin).

In 1996, he joined DreamWorks, where he worked as a storyboard artist on Antz. After Antz proved a success as the first animated feature film to be produced by DreamWorks Animation, Vernon signed on as a writer for Shrek, where he was responsible for the Gingerbread Man, and eventually voiced that character. He also appeared in Shrek 4-D and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.

In June 2004, he made his feature film directorial debut with the Academy Award nominated Shrek 2. He voiced Mason the chimpanzee for the DreamWorks Animation films Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (for which he is also credited as director) and its spin off Penguins of Madagascar (where he voiced Rico, one of the penguins) and reprised the voice of Mason in the television series.

Later years[edit | edit source]

In 2009, Vernon and Rob Letterman co-directed the 3D animated film Monsters vs. Aliens, which he co wrote as well as supplying several voices.

Vernon and Greg Tiernan co-directed the adult animated comedy Sausage Party (2016), from a story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill, as well as providing some of the voices. Vernon next co-produced and co-directed, again with Tiernan, an animated version of The Addams Family, which was released in October 2019. He supplied voice roles for both Sausage Party and The Addams Family, including Lurch in the latter. He is scheduled to return as director alongside Tiernan for an Addams Family sequel, scheduled to be released in October 2021.

In 2017, Vernon was hired to direct a Live-action version of The Jetsons, from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman, which it is to being made by Warner Bros., under its Warner Animation Group banner.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Year Title Director Producer Notes
2001 Morto the Magician Yes No
2004 Shrek 2 Yes No Co-director with Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Yes No Co-director with Rob Letterman
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Yes No Co-director with Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath
2016 Sausage Party Yes Yes Co-director with Greg Tiernan
2019 The Addams Family Yes Yes
2021 The Addams Family 2 Yes Template:TBA
TBA Untitled Animated The Jetsons Film Yes Yes

Acting roles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Herd Pesion Live-action role
2001 Shrek Gingerbread Man
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party Short film
2003 Shrek 4-D
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Jed
2004 Shrek 2 Gingerbread Man, Cedric, Announcer, Mongo, Muffin Man
Far Far Away Idol Gingerbread Man Short film
2005 Madagascar Mason
2006 Flushed Away Take Out
2007 Shrek the Third Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin, Headless Horseman
Bee Movie Freddy
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Mason
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Advisor Hawk, Advisor Dither, Minister, Secret Service Man #2, Mama Dietl
2010 Shrek Forever After Gingerbread Man
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Jameel
Puss in Boots Raoul
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Mason
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Rico
2016 Sausage Party Toilet paper, Sauerkraut, Grape, Catcall sausage, Beer can, Pop bottle
2017 The Boss Baby Eugene Francis
The Emoji Movie Trojan Horse
2019 Trouble Otis
The Addams Family Lurch, Priest, Spirit of the House, Dr. Flambe

Other credits[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role
1992 Cool World Character designer
Effects animator
1998 Antz Storyboard artist
2000 The Road to El Dorado Additional storyboard artist
2001 Shrek Writer: "Merry Men"
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Additional storyboard artist
2004 Shark Tale
2005 Madagascar Creative consultant
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper Creative consultant;
Short film
2006 Over the Hedge Story artist
2016 Trolls Additional story artist
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Special thanks
The Emoji Movie Additional sequence director

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Notes
1991 The Ren & Stimpy Show Storyboard artist, writer
1993 Rocko's Modern Life
1993–94 2 Stupid Dogs Storyboard artist
1993-96 Itsy Bitsy Spider Director
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Storyboard artist, layout artist
1997 Nightmare Ned Storyboard artist
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Executive Producer

Acting roles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role
2007 Shrek the Halls Gingerbread Man
2009–12 The Penguins of Madagascar Mason
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Man on Cell, woman
2010 Scared Shrekless Gingerbread Man, Muffin Man
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Boar
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Various
2012 Gravity Falls Tate McGucket
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