Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen are filmmakers who specialize in writing, directing and producing animated feature films. They are currently writing The Nut Job 2, starring Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, and Katherine Heigl, with Cal directing and Bob producing.
They recently wrote Son of Bigfoot, an original animated feature film that is now in production with CANALPLUS and Waterman Entertainment. In addition to writing, they are also executive producing.
In 2014 they wrote Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad for AMBI Pictures, which is now in production and has Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy attached.
Cal and Bob are the writers of Escape From Planet Earth, which Cal also directed. Escape was produced by The Weinstein Company and stars Sofia Vergara, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch and George Lopez.
Cal came to writing and directing features with 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, Ice Age 4, and Minions.
Bob came to animated features through writing and producing both television and high-end CG commercials. He was a comedy writer on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and was a senior producer at TVOKids.