Christopher James Buck
February 24, 1958
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
|Education||El Dorado High School|
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1978-2004; 2008–present) |
Sony Pictures Animation (2004-2008)
|Known for||Film direction, screenwriting|
|Spouse(s)||Shelley Rae Hinton|
Christopher James Buck (born February 24, 1958) is an American film director known for co-directing Tarzan (1999), Surf's Up (2007) (which was nominated for the 2007 Oscar for Best Animated Feature), Frozen (2013), which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2014, and Frozen II (2019). He also worked as a supervising animator and story artist on Pocahontas (1995) and Home on the Range (2004).
Life and career
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Buck was inspired to explore animation by the first film he ever saw in a movie theatre as a child: Disney's Pinocchio. His family eventually moved to Placentia, California, where he graduated from El Dorado High School.
Buck studied character animation for two years at CalArts, where he also taught from 1988 to 1993. At CalArts, Buck became friends with both John Lasseter and Michael Giaimo, whom he would work with many years later on Frozen.: 33 He began his career as an animator with Disney in 1978.
Besides his work as a co-director on Tarzan and Frozen, Buck's other credits at Disney also include the 1995 animated feature Pocahontas, where he oversaw the animation of three central characters: Percy, Grandmother Willow and Wiggins. Buck also helped design characters for the 1989 animated blockbuster The Little Mermaid, performed experimental animation for The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and was an animator on The Fox and the Hound (1981) and The Black Cauldron (1985).
Buck 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 (1984) and worked with Burton again as directing animator on the Brad Bird-directed "Family Dog" episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories and as director of the subsequent primetime animated series.
In 2008, Buck's old friend Lasseter, by then Disney Animation's chief creative officer, persuaded him to come back to Disney from Sony.: 6, 11 Around September 2008, Buck pitched three ideas to Lasseter, one of which was a fairytale musical version of The Snow Queen; Lasseter liked The Snow Queen idea and authorized Buck to proceed with development.: 6, 11 After it was put on hold during 2010, the film was officially announced in December 2011 under the title Frozen, with a release date of November 27, 2013. In turn, Buck persuaded Giaimo to come back to Disney to serve as the film's art director,: 33 for which Giaimo would go on to win the Annie Award for Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production.
Their oldest son, Ryder, died at age 23 on October 27, 2013, in a car collision, when he was hit by two cars after his car broke down on the Glendale Freeway. Ryder was a singer and songwriter performing in his band Ryder Buck and the Breakers, and was recovering from a year-long battle with a Stage 4 testicular cancer. On March 2, 2014, upon accepting the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for co-directing Frozen at the 86th Academy Awards, Buck dedicated the award to his son Ryder. The tragedy was an inspiration for the song "The Next Right Thing" in Frozen II, as well as a character named "Ryder."
|1981||The Fox and the Hound||No||No||Character||No||No||No|
|1985||The Black Cauldron||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|1987||The Brave Little Toaster||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|1988||Oliver & Company||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|1989||The Little Mermaid||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|1992||Bébé's Kids||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Animation Director|
|1995||Pocahontas||No||No||Supervising||Yes||Yes||No||Storyboard Artist / Supervising Animator: Percy/Grandmother Willow/Wiggins|
|2004||Home on the Range||No||No||Supervising||No||No||No||Supervising Animator: Maggie|
|Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Animation Consultant; Direct-to-video|
|2006||Open Season||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Special Thanks|
|2007||Surf's Up||Yes||Screenplay||No||No||No||Yes||Voice of Filmmaker #2|
|2014||Big Hero 6||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Creative Leadership|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|2021||Raya and the Last Dragon||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|1979||Doctor of Doom||No||No||No||Yes||Voice of Pepe|
|1982||Fun with Mr. Future||No||No||Yes||No|
|1987||Sport Goofy in Soccermania||No||No||Supervising||No|
|The Thing What Lurked in the Tub||No||No||No||Yes|
|2010||Not Your Time||No||No||Yes||Yes||Himself|
|2017||Olaf's Frozen Adventure||No||No||No||Yes||Special Thanks|
|2018||A Bug in the Room||No||No||No||Yes|
|2020||Once Upon a Snowman||No||No||No||Yes||Creative Consultant|
|1987||Amazing Stories||No||Supervising||No||Animation Supervisor - 1 Episode|
|1990||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures||No||No||Yes||Character Designer - 13 Episodes|
|1993||Family Dog||Yes||No||No||Series Director|
|1996||Quack Pack||No||No||Yes||Character Designer - 1 Episode|
|2014||The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic||Himself|
|2020||Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II||Himself; Special Thanks|
|1995||Annie Awards||Best Individual Achievement for Animation||Pocahontas||Nominated|||
|1999||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Tarzan||Nominated|
|2000||Sierra Award||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|2008||Academy Awards||Best Animated Feature Film of the Year||Surf's Up||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|2013||EDA Award||Best Animated Feature Film||Frozen||Nominated|
|AFCA Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Dubai International Film Festival||People's Choice Award||Won|
|SLFCA Award||Best Animated Film||Won|
|2014||Academy Awards||Best Animated Feature Film of the Year||Won|
|BAFTA Film Award||Best Animated Featured Film||Won|
|BAFTA Children's Award||BAFTA Kids Vote - Feature Film||Won|
|Best Feature Film||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Won|
|Gold Derby Award||Animated Feature||Won|
|Hugo Awards||Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form||Nominated|
|International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)||Best Animated Feature Film (Miglior film d'animazione)||Nominated|
|Seattle Film Critics Award||Best Animated Feature||Won|
|VES Award||Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture||Won|
|2015||Tokyo Anime Award||Grand Prize, Feature Film||Won|
|2019||Seattle Film Critics Award||Best Animated Feature||Frozen II||Nominated|
|2020||BAFTA Film Award||Best Animated Featured Film||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Nominated|
|Golden Globe award||Best Animated Feature Film||Nominated|
|LEJA Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|OFTA Film Award||Best Animated Picture||Nominated|
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- Solomon, Charles (2013). The Art of Frozen. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-1-4521-1716-4.
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- Walker, Chris (February 6, 2014). "The Tragic Death of Local Musician Ryder Buck, and His Uplifting Story". LA Weekly. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
- Wexler, David (January 22, 2014). "Ryder Buck: 'Live and Love. We're Only Here Once'". Janglin Souls. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
The band performed alongside Ryder’s band, and brothers Woody and Reed.
- Cohn, Gabe (November 29, 2019). "How to Follow Up 'Frozen'? With Melancholy and a Power Ballad". The New York Times. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
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- Petski, Denise (September 9, 2020). "'Frozen' To Explore Origins Of Olaf In Disney+ Animated Short". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
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