Bonnie Arnold (born 1955) is an American film producer who has worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Animation Studios and DreamWorks Animation. Arnold grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked her way to Hollywood and caught the wave of computer-animation.

Life and career

Arnold has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in journalism from Boston University. Her interest in journalism led her to her first personal assignment as unit publicist for American Playhouse's debut production, King of America.: Arnold's first job on a Hollywood feature was as production coordinator for Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife, a 1984 film shot in Atlanta and produced by Ray Stark, who was responsible for many of Simon and Barbara Streisand's movie hits. "I got a real sense of filmmaking the Hollywood way," Arnold recalls. : From there, she freelanced in film production in Atlanta and met producer David Picker, who invited her to work at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles. While working on a Tony Scott movie called Revenge at Columbia, Bonnie met Kevin Costner and ended up joining the Dances with Wolves production as associate producer. In 1992, Bonnie was recruited by Peter Schneider and John Lasseter to work on "Toy Story" for Disney. When Toy Story became a box office smash, she produced Tarzan, overseeing a crew of 1,100 and $150 million budget - five times that of "Toy Story". In 2001, after she finished Tarzan, Jeffrey Katzenberg invited Bonnie to produce Over the Hedge at DreamWorks Animation. Bonnie continues to work on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.

After a series of financially disappointing films, Arnold was named in early 2015 co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation. Along with Mireille Soria, she is tasked with overseeing creative development and production of DWA's theatrical releases.


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