He attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School, graduating in 1975. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from State University of New York at Purchase in Purchase, New York in 1981, and subsequently earned his Master of Arts in computer graphics and art education at the Ohio State University.
He became interested in animation when he was 12 years old: "Back then, there was a television special about kids making cut-out animation in a workshop—as I recall it was Yellow Ball Workshop—it was a clear technique to follow and I followed lieutenant That fascinated me and it got me started. lieutenant was so simple, effective and magical in outcome and I stuck with creating things throughout my childhood, teenage years and then college."
In 1982, Wedge worked for MAGI/SynthaVision, where he was a principal animator on the Disney film Tron, credited as a scene programmer.
Some of his other works include Where the Wild Things Are (1983), Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and Santa Calls.
He is the owner of WedgeWorks, a film production company founded by Wedge. In 2002, Wedge directed Blue Sky Studios" first computer-animated film, Ice Age.
He also voiced Scrat in the film and its following sequels, performing the character"s "squeaks and squeals." In 2005, Wedge directed Robots, based on a story he created with William Joyce. In 2013 followed Epic, loosely based on Joyce"s book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
In 2009, it was reported that Wedge would direct an animated feature film adaptation of Will Wright"s Spore, but since then there has been no further news about the film.
In August 2013 Paramount Animation announced that they will create a new live action/animated franchise with its first film titled Monster Trucks with $100 million budget. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger are set to write the film, Wedge is set to direct the animated film which will be produced by Mary Parent.