Allison Abbate is the BAFTA award-winning producer of “The Iron Giant” and Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” She has made a career of working on some of the most innovative animated features in the business. A native of New York, Abbate relocated to Hollywood in 1989 where she started at Disney and served as an artistic coordinator on Tim Burton’s cult classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Abbate then moved to Paris for The Walt Disney Company to set up their satellite animation studio and co-produce the Academy Award®–nominated Mickey Mouse short “Runaway Brain.” In 1996, Abbate joined Warner Bros. where she co-produced the international hit feature “Space Jam,” which combined classic animated Warner Bros. characters with live-action sequences. This film, headlined by Bugs Bunny, Michael Jordan and Bill Murray, broke new ground in animated features.
She then went on to earn a BAFTA award in 1999, as producer of Brad Bird’s internationally acclaimed “The Iron Giant,” an adaptation of British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ acclaimed children’s book, “The Iron Man.”
Abbate followed up her success on “The Iron Giant” by producing “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” another family comedy, which teamed Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck with Brendan Fraser and Steve Martin.
Abbate then moved to London in 2004 to produce the haunting musical feature, “Corpse Bride,” starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, with director Tim Burton. “Corpse Bride” was also nominated for an Oscar® in 2005.
In 2006, she joined forces with acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson to produce another Oscar®-nominated feature, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s story, featuring the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep.