Phil Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Art History. His college animated short Man Bites Breakfast won Best Animation at the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival and was also included in several other festivals, including ASIFA East and ASIFA San Francisco. While there, he met Christopher Miller and they began collaborating.
They both got jobs developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to a stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive-produced, wrote, and directed MTV's short-lived but critically-acclaimed animated series Clone High. Lord voiced the characters of Principal Scudworth, Genghis Khan, and Geldhemoor the Humkeycorn.
The duo served as co-executive producers on CBS' Emmy-winning primetime sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which debuted in September 2005. They also worked as consulting producers on Jake in Progress and Cracking Up and staff writers on Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane.
However, they may be best known for co-writing and co-directing the Sony Pictures Animation feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Their unique comic sensibilities earned the film Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations for Best Animated Feature along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including Best Direction and Best Screenplay.