Cal Brunker joined Toonbox Entertainment in October 2014 as director of The Nut Job 2.
Prior to joining Toonbox, Cal directed and co-wrote Escape From Planet Earth (The Weinstein Company), an animated action-comedy starring Sofia Vergara, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch and George Lopez.
In addition to his work on Escape, Cal has co-written animated features for Waterman Entertainment and AMBI pictures.
Cal comes from a strong background in storytelling. In his years as a story artist he was responsible for visualizing and staging some of the most memorable sequences in the hit animated films Horton Hears a Who, Despicable Me, and Ice Age 4, and the upcoming Minions (2015). Cal has worked for major studios including Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Century Fox (Blue Sky), Universal (Illumination) and The Weinstein Company.
Prior to his work in features, Cal created and sold the animated television showBetty Banner Party Planner. Cal was also the head of creative at a high-end commercial studio, where he directed both animated and live action commercials.
Cal is a graduate of the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College.