Chris Wedge

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Chris Wedge
Chris Wedge 2014.jpg
Wedge in 2014
John Christian Wedge

(1957-03-20) March 20, 1957 (age 63)
EducationFayetteville-Manlius High School
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase
Ohio State University
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter, cartoonist, voice actor
Years active1982–present
Notable work
Ice Age
Monster Trucks
Spouse(s)Jeanne Markel[1]

John Christian Wedge (born March 20, 1957) is an American animated film director, producer, writer, cartoonist and voice actor, whose films include Ice Age (2002), Robots (2005), Epic (2013) and Monster Trucks (2016). He is a co-founder of the animation studio Blue Sky Studios and voiced the character Scrat in the Ice Age franchise.

Early life[edit]

Wedge was born in Binghamton, New York.[2] 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."[3]

He attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School, graduating in 1975.[4] 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), George Shrinks, The Brave Little Toaster (1987), 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 the 1990s, he and his studio worked on CGI effects for the movies Alien Resurrection and Titan A.E.

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 and served as a producer for its sequels. He also voiced Scrat in the film series, performing the character's "squeaks and squeals."[5] 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.[6]

In 2007, it was announced that Wedge would direct Hugo though he was subsequently replaced by Martin Scorsese.[7] In 2009, it was reported that Wedge would direct an animated feature film adaptation of Will Wright's Spore, but since then there has been no further news about the film.[8]

Wedge directed the science fiction/action film Monster Trucks (2016), with a $100 million budget, and starring Lucas Till and Jane Levy.[9] Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger wrote the script for the film,[9] produced by Mary Parent.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Wedge lives in Katonah, New York[3] with his wife Jeanne Markel.[1] They have a daughter and a son, Sarah and Jack.[11]



Year Title Notes
1985 Tuber's Two-Step Short film
1987 Balloon Guy
1998 Bunny (Short Film) Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Also writer
2002 Ice Age Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature
2005 Robots
2013 Epic
2017 Monster Trucks


Year Title Notes
1990 The Mind's Eye Short film
2002 Gone Nutty Executive Producer
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown
No Time for Nuts
2008 Horton Hears a Who!
Surviving Sid Short film
Executive Producer
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Executive Producer
2011 Rio
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift
2014 Rio 2
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course[12]
2017 Ferdinand
2019 Spies in Disguise


Year Title Notes
1982 Tron Principal Animator
1987 Balloon Guy Animator
1996 Joe's Apartment Animation Director


Year Title Notes
1998 Bunny
2013 Epic Story


Year Title Role Notes
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 Main role
No Time for Nuts Short film
Family Guy Episode "Sibling Rivalry"
2008 Surviving Sid Short film
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2011 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas TV Special
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift
2015 The Simpsons Episode: "Treehouse of Horror XXVI"
2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade TV Special
Ice Age: Collision Course [12]
2019 Ice Age: Scrat's Nutty Adventure Video game

Special Thanks[edit]

Year Title Notes
2011 Adventures in Plymptoons! Documentary
2020 Sonic The Hedgehog

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic IMDb
Ice Age (2002) 77%[13] 60%[14] 7.5[15]
Robots (2005) 64%[16] 64%[17] 6.3[18]
Epic (2013) 64%[19] 52%[20] 6.7[21]
Monster Trucks (2016) 31%[22] 41%[23] 5.4[24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Ottawa International Animation Festival Award Best Production Under 10 Minutes in Length Joe's Apartment Won
1999 Academy Award Best Animated Short Film Bunny Won
Drama International Short Film Festival Award Special Prize for Animation Won
Nashville Film Festival Award Best Animation Won
Jury Award Best Short Nominated
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Award Prize of the Children's Short Film Competition Won
2003 Academy Award Best Animated Feature Ice Age Nominated
Annie Award Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Shared with Carlos Saldanha (co-director)
DVD Exclusive Award Best Audio Commentary, New Release
Shared with Carlos Saldanha (co-director)
ShoWest Convention Award Animation Director of the Year Won
2013 Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film
Shared with Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez, Alan Tudyk, Joy Behar, Patrick Stewart, Simon Pegg & Rebel Wilson
Ice Age: Continental Drift Nominated
2014 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production Epic Nominated


  1. ^ a b Staudter, Thomas (March 21, 1999). "'Bunny' From Harrison Competes for Oscar". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Chris Wedge". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Buchman, Lisa (September 12, 2012). "Meet Chris Wedge, 'Ice Age' Creator, Katonah Resident". Patch. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Chris Wedge, Class of 1975, Inducted in 2000". Fayetteville-Manlius Hall of Distinction. Fayetteville-Manlius Schools. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  5. ^ LaRue, William (November 2, 2006). "'Ice Age' director gives students a look into animation". The Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved January 27, 2007.[dead link]
  6. ^ Schneider, Karl (August 24, 2006). "Chris Wedge to direct THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS". Movie News, Mania Entertainment, LLC., citing The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved January 27, 2007.
  7. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (May 5, 2008). "Chris Wedge to direct 'Hugo Cabret'". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Graser, Marc (October 1, 2009). "EA sets up 'Spore' at Fox". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Paramount Animation Plans 'Monster Trucks' Live Action-Toon Franchise: In Final Talks With Blue Sky's Chris Wedge To Direct". July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Paramount Animation Planning Live Action/Animated Franchise 'Monster Trucks' With Blue Sky's Chris Wedge". August 1, 2013. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "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...
  12. ^ a b Truitt, Brian (October 22, 2015). "Exclusive: 'Ice Age' squirrel to make Macy's debut". USA Today. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ice Age (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Ice Age Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ice Age (2002) - IMDb". Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  16. ^ "Robots (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "Robots Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "Robots (2005) - IMDb". Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  19. ^ "Epic (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  20. ^ "Epic Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Epic (2013) - IMDb". Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  22. ^ "Monster Trucks (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  23. ^ "Monster Trucks Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  24. ^ "Monster Trucks (2016) - IMDb". Retrieved April 19, 2017.

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