Raman Hui

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Raman Hui
Raman Hui 2008.jpg
Hui in 2008
Born Raman Hui Shing-Ngai[1]
1963 (age 50–51)
Hong Kong
Residence Sunset District, San Francisco[2]
Occupation Computer animator, film director
Notable work(s) Shrek the Third, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, Scared Shrekless

Raman Hui Shing-Ngai (Traditional Chinese: 許誠毅, born 1963) is a Chinese animator and film director best known for co-directing Shrek the Third,[3] and (co)directing several short films, including Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, Scared Shrekless and Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos.

Early life[edit]

Hui was born in Hong Kong, and grew up in a single parent family, with his mother rasing him and two other siblings.[4] Liking to draw since he could remember,[2] he went to Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he graduated in 1984 in graphic design.[1]

Career[edit]

After the graduation, he worked as a cel animator at Quantum Studios in Hong Kong.[5] In 1989, he moved to Canada to attend a three-month course at Sheridan College to improve his knowledge in computer animation.[4][5] For a while he was creating hand-drawn animated productions for TV commercials in Toronto.[5] In 1989, Hui started working as a junior animator at Pacific Data Images, which was later acquired by DreamWorks Animation.[5][4] There, he worked on various commercials and short films. Among other work, he directed two short films, Sleepy Guy (1995), and Fat Cat on a Diet (2000).[6] He was the supervising animator and lead character designer on PDI's first feature film, Antz, released in 1998. From there he went on to serve as supervising animator for Shrek and Shrek 2.[7][6] In 2004, he spent half a year in Hong Kong where he directed animation for the DreamWorks Animation's televisions series Father of the Pride, which was subcontracted to a Hong Kong company.[2] In 2007, he co-directed his first feature film, Shrek the Third. He also directed three short films, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, Scared Shrekless and Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos.

Hui illustrated several children story books in collaboration with Kiehl's to raise funds for various Hong Kong organizations.[8] His first book, Brownie and Sesame was released in 2004,[2] followed by Piccolo in 2005[9] and Grandma Long Ears in 2006.[10]

Due to his contributions to the Shrek films, Forbes listed Hui in 2010 among 25 notable Chinese-Americans in the business field.[11][12]

Hui said of himself that he is a "Hong Konger living in America," being "sandwiched between Western and Chinese cultures."[4] After arriving to the United States, beside learning a new language, Hui had most troubles adapting to a different lifestyle: "Hong Kong is a busy place. But the place I lived, Silicon Valley, was so quiet that if you see someone walking down the street at night, you should feel worried."[4] Although, he prefers living in Hong Kong, Hui prefers working in the United States: "They make sure you have enough time to do your job well. I feel attached to that country because it is where I learned all my skills."[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Muppet*Vision 3D animator
short film
1994 Angels in the Outfield animation director
Sleepy Guy director
short film
1995 Batman Forever animation supervisor: Pacific Data Images
1996 The Arrival animation director: Pacific Data Images
1998 Antz character designer/supervising animator
2000 Fat Cat on a Diet director/animator
short film
2001 Shrek character designer/supervising animator
2003 Shrek 4-D supervising animator
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Jin
2004 Shrek 2 additional story artist/supervising animator
2005 Madagascar additional animator
2007 Shrek the Third co-director
2008 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five director
short film
2010 Shrek Forever After additional story artist
Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular story artist
short film
2011 Puss in Boots additional story artist
2012 Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos director
short film
2015 Monster Hunt director

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Last Halloween character animator
TV special
1995 The Simpsons animator
Episode: "Treehouse of Horror VI"
2004-2005 Father of the Pride animation director
2007 Shrek the Halls animator
TV special
2009 Merry Madagascar story artist/animator
TV special
2010 Scared Shrekless co-director
TV special
2012 How to Train Your Dragon animation director
TV series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winners of Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award announced". The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "24 Hours with Raman Hui". South China Morning Post. 31 October 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Gabrenya, Frank (18 May 2007). "Mediogre fare". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Chau, Victor (12 January 2006). "Cartoonist, Raman Hui". HK Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tracy, Joe (2001). "dFX Interview: Raman Hui". Digital Media FX. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Raman Hui". X Media lab. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Seiler, Andy (18 May 2001). "'Shrek' treks through fairyland". USA Today. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Hui, Jessie (27 November 2006). "Hollywood animator lends a hand for charity". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Kiehl's (20 November 2006). "Kiehl’s In Collaboration With Raman Hui To Create His Third Charity Story Book For Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation". About Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Sun, Andrew (29 November 2006). "Author animated about new tale". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Flannery, Russel (30 July 2010). "Marvell Technology's Mobile Connector". Forbes. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Hong Kong Polytechnic University (18 August 2010). "Two PolyU Alumni Named Among “25 Top Chinese-Americans in Business” by Forbes". PRWeb. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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