Darnell started off studying Broadcast Journalism at the University of Colorado but then went on to receive his MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts. His "experimentation" became evident in the animated feature film, Antz (1998), which Darnell co-directed. The quirky, awkward animated bugs from Antz were wildly popular, and Darnell was nominated for an Annie award (think Oscars for Animation) for Outstanding Direction for the film.
Other credits include television commercials and a segment of the IMAX feature, Cyberworld (2000). Madagascar (2005) was Darnell's second time utilizing the voice talents of a star-studded cast.
Filmography:Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)