Chris Williams (director)
|Alma mater||University of Waterloo|
|Occupation||Animator, film director, screenwriter, voice actor|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1998–2018)|
Big Hero 6
Chris Williams (born December 19, 1968) is a Canadian American animator, film director, screenwriter and voice actor who directed the short film Glago's Guest and co-directed Bolt, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2009, Big Hero 6, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2015 and Moana, which was nominated for two Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song in 2016.
Williams was born in Missouri and spent the first 25 years of his life in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where his father was the Director of Counselling Services at the University of Waterloo. Williams graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Fine Arts and then enrolled in the animation program at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario. Upon graduation from Sheridan, he was recruited by Disney and moved to Los Angeles.
Williams previously worked in the story department for Mulan (1998), The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and Frozen (2013), in which he also voiced the character Oaken. In February 2007, it was announced he would direct American Dog, which was re-titled Bolt (2008) and was later joined by Byron Howard, both of them replaced Chris Sanders who was the original director.
In July 2010, it was reported by various sources that Williams would direct King of the Elves based on the story by Philip K. Dick. However, in 2012, it was revealed that Williams had joined another Walt Disney Animation film, Big Hero 6, as a co-director inspired by the Marvel Comics of the same name.
|2000||The Emperor's New Groove||No||Story||Yes||No||No|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch||No||Story||No||No||No|
|2003||Brother Bear||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Story|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||No||No||Additional||No||No|
|2008||Bolt||Yes||Screenplay||No||No||Yes||Additional Voices||Disney Story Trust - uncredited|
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||No||No||No||No||No|
|2011||Winnie the Pooh||No||No||No||No||No|
|2014||Big Hero 6||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Creative Leadership|
|2016||Zootopia||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Story, Creative Leadership|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||No||No||Additional||Yes||Yes|
|2019||Frozen II||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Oaken (uncredited)|
|2021||Raya and the Last Dragon||No||No||No||No||Yes||Additional Story|
|2022||The Sea Beast||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
Short films, TV specials, and featurettes
|Prep & Landing||No||No||Yes||No||TV Special|
|2016||LEGO Frozen: Northern Lights||No||No||No||Yes||Episode: "Journey to the Lights"|
|Olaf's Frozen Adventure||No||No||No||Yes||Oaken||Featurette|
|2020||Once Upon a Snowman||No||No||No||Yes||Disney+ Original Short Film|
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- "University of Waterloo alumnus wins Oscar for Big Hero 6". Waterloo Stories. University of Waterloo. Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
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- Sciretta, Peter (June 20, 2008). "Bolt Teaser Poster; A Look Back at American Dog". /Film. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- "King of the Elves being reworked; Disney plans far ahead". Filmonic. August 6, 2010. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- Graser, Marc; Sneider, Jeff (June 29, 2011). "Disney revives 'King of the Elves' toon". Variety. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- Chitwood, Adam (June 29, 2011). "Disney Sets HORRIBLE BOSSES Scribe to Pen KING OF THE ELVES". Collider. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- Giardina, Carolyn (December 31, 2013). "Chris Williams To Co-Direct Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6' With Don Hall". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
- Lang, Brent (November 5, 2018). "Netflix Backs 'Jacob and the Sea Beast' From 'Big Hero 6' Director Chris Williams (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
- Goldman, Eric (February 18, 2016). "How Disney's Story Trust Helped Change Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and More". IGN. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- Wolfe, Jennifer (January 13, 2017). "'Moana' Sails Home on Digital HD February 21 and Blu-ray March 7". Animation World Network. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Petski, Denise (September 9, 2020). "'Frozen' To Explore Origins Of Olaf In Disney+ Animated Short". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2020.