About Cal & Bob

Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen are filmmakers who write, direct and produce feature films. To date, their films have grossed over $200 million dollars at the box office.

Cal and Bob wrote and executive produced Son of Bigfoot, an original animated feature film released by Studiocanal and nWave Pictures. A sequel, Bigfoot Family is currently in production, and set for release in 2021.

They wrote The Nut Job 2, starring Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, and Katherine Heigl, with Cal directing and Bob producing.

Cal and Bob are the writers of Escape From Planet Earth, which Cal also directed. Escape 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 is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and came to features through writing and producing both television and high-end CG commercials. Bob was a producer and writer on George Stromboulopoulos Tonight, where he created sketches for celebrity guests including Will Ferrell, Michael Bolton, and Miss Piggy.