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Chris Buck Biography
Chris Buck born in Wichita, Kansas, U.S, is an American film director known for co-directing Tarzan in 1999, Surf’s Up in 2007 (which was nominated for the 2007 Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and Frozen in 2013 (which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2014). He also worked as a supervising animator on Home on the Range in 2004 and Pocahontas in 1995.
Chris Buck Age
He was born in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. on February 24th, 1958. He is 60 years as of 2018.
Chris Buck Family
Information about her family has not been revealed yet.
He graduated from El Dorado High School. He studied character animation for two years at CalArts, where he also taught from 1988 to 1993.
Chris Buck Wife
He is married to Shelley Rae Hinton. They have three sons, Ryder, Woody, and Reed.
Their oldest son, Ryder(a singer and songwriter), died at age 23 on October 27, 2013, in a car collision. Buck dedicated the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for co-directing Frozen at the 86th Academy Awards, he won to his son Ryder, on March 2, 2014.
Chris Buck Career
He began his career as an animator with Disney in 1978.
He co-directed the animated features Tarzan and Frozen. In the 1995 animated feature Pocahontas, he oversaw the animation of three central characters: Percy, Grandmother Willow and Wiggins. He also helped design characters for the 1989 animated blockbuster The Little Mermaid, performed experimental animation for The Rescuers Down Under in 1990, Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, and was an animator on The Fox and the Hound in 1981.
He helped develop several films at Hyperion Pictures and served as a directing animator on the feature Bebe’s Kids. He storyboarded Tim Burton’s live-action featurette Frankenweenie in 1984
His other credits include a number of animated commercials (including some with the Keebler Elves) for such Los Angeles-based production entities as Film Fair, Kurtz & Friends, and Duck Soup.
He also co-direct Surf’s Up at Sony Pictures Animation, which was released in June 2007. Around September 2008, Buck pitched three ideas to Lasseter (Disney Animation’s chief creative officer), one of which was a fairytale musical version of The Snow Queen; he liked The Snow Queen idea and authorized Buck to proceed with development. The film was officially announced in December 2011 under the title Frozen, and released on November 27, 2013.
In September 2014 it was announced that Buck and Lee would co-direct a short film based on the Frozen characters called Frozen Fever, which was later released in spring 2015.
On March 12, 2015, Disney announced that Buck and Lee would co-direct a full length sequel to Frozen
Chris Buck Filmography
• Family Dog – Snow Dog (1993) (TV)
• Tarzan (1999) (Co-Director With Kevin Lima)
• Surf’s Up (2007) (Co-Director With Ash Brannon)
• Frozen (2013) (Co-Director With Jennifer Lee)
• Frozen Fever (2015) (Co-Director With Jennifer Lee)
• Frozen 2 (2019) (Co-Director with Jennifer Lee)
- The Fox and the Hound (1981) (Character Animator)
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) (Additional Animator – Uncredited)
- The Brave Little Toaster (1987) (Character Designer)
- The Little Mermaid (1989) (Character Designer)
- The Rescuers Down Under (1990) (Character Animator)
- Box-Office Bunny (1990) (Key Animator)
- Bébé’s Kids (1992) (Animator)
- Pocahontas (1995) (Character Designer, Supervising Animator: “Percy”,
- “Grandmother Willow” and “Wiggins”)
- Home on the Range (2004) (Supervising Animator: “Maggie”)
- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004) (Animation Consultant)
- Not Your Time (2010) (Animator).
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