Wedge at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
|Born||John Christian Wedge
March 20, 1957
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
|Education||Fayetteville-Manlius High School|
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Purchase
Ohio State University
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter, cartoonist, voice actor|
|Notable work(s)||Ice Age, Robots, Epic|
Wedge was born in Binghamton, New York. He became interested in animation when he was 12 years old: "Back then, there was a TV 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 it. That fascinated me and it got me started. It was so simple, effective and magical in outcome and I stuck with creating things throughout my childhood, teenage years and then college."
He attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School, graduating in 1975. He received his BFA in Film from State University of New York at Purchase in Purchase, New York in 1981, and subsequently earned his MA in computer graphics and art education at the Ohio State University. He has taught animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he met his future film directing partner, Carlos Saldanha.
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.
Wedge is co-founder and Vice President of Creative Development at Blue Sky Studios, one of the premier computer animation studios and producer of Wedge's films. He is the owner of WedgeWorks, a film production company founded by Wedge.
In 1998, he won an Academy Award for the short animated film, Bunny. 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 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.
|1985||Tuber's Two-Step||Short film|
|1987||Balloon Guy||Short film|
|1998||Bunny||Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
|2002||Ice Age||Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature|
|1990||The Mind's Eye||Short film|
|2002||Gone Nutty||Executive producer|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Executive producer|
|No Time for Nuts||Executive producer|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Executive producer|
|Surviving Sid||Short film
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Executive producer|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Executive producer|
|2014||Rio 2||Executive producer|
|2002||Ice Age||Scrat, Dodo|
|Gone Nutty||Scrat||Short film|
|2005||Robots||Wonderbot, Phone Booth|
|Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty||Hacky||Short film|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Scrat|
|No Time for Nuts||Scrat||Short film|
|Family Guy||Scrat||"Sibling Rivalry"
Season 4, Episode 22
|2008||Surviving Sid||Scrat||Short film|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Scrat|
|2011||Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas||Scrat||TV Special|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Scrat|
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- "Paramount Animation Planning Live Action/Animated Franchise 'Monster Trucks' With Blue Sky's Chris Wedge". indiewire.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "Chris Wedge Acceptance Speech". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 2, 2013. "And so to my beautiful wife and family, Jean*, Sarah and Jack..."