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Chris Butler (filmmaker)

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Chris Butler
Born (1974-02-12) 12 February 1974 (age 50)
Liverpool, England
Alma materUniversity for the Creative Arts
Occupation(s)Animator, writer, director
Years active2000–present

Chris Butler (born 12 February 1974)[1] is an English animator, writer and director, known for his works at Laika, such as ParaNorman and Missing Link, which were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[2]

He studied animation at the University for the Creative Arts in south England[3] and is an alumnus of Hugh Baird College in Merseyside.[1]

On May 1, 2024, it was confirmed that Butler will write the screenplay for the upcoming live action Masters of the Universe film which is due for release on June 5, 2026.[4]


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2012 ParaNorman Yes Yes Co-directed by Sam Fell
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings No Yes Also head of story
2019 Missing Link Yes Yes
2025 Wildwood[5] No Yes
2026 Masters of the Universe No Yes

Character designer

Storyboard artist


  1. ^ a b "Liverpool-born writer and director Chris Butler talks about his new film ParaNorman - Liverpool Echo". 10 September 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Oscars winners and nominees 2013: Complete list - LA Times". Los Angeles Times. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. ^ "UCA Graduate Nominated for Oscar - UK Broadcast News | 15/01/2013".
  4. ^ "Mattel's 'Masters of the Universe' Moves From Netflix to Amazon for Summer 2026 Release, Travis Knight to Direct". Variety. 1 May 2024. Retrieved 1 May 2024.
  5. ^ "Laika Finds Its Next Movie in Travis Knight-Helmed Adaptation of Colin Meloy Novel 'Wildwood'". 15 September 2021.

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