Chris Williams (director)

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Chris Williams
Born 1968/1969 (age 49–50)[1]
Missouri, United States[1]
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Sheridan College
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, animator
Years active 1998–present
Employer Walt Disney Animation Studios
Notable work Glago's Guest,
Big Hero 6,

Chris Williams (born c. 1968/1969) is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter and animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] Williams graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Fine Arts[2] 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.[1]


Williams previously worked in the story department for Mulan (1998), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), and Brother Bear (2003). In February 2007, it was announced he would direct American Dog,[3] which was re-titled Bolt (2008), and was later joined by Byron Howard, both of them replaced Chris Sanders who was the original director.[4]

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.[5][6][7] However, in December 2013, 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.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d e Knelman, Martin (February 25, 2009). "Bolt from blue took Canadian to Oscars". The Star. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "University of Waterloo alumnus wins Oscar for Big Hero 6". Waterloo Stories. University of Waterloo. 
  3. ^ Fritz, Ben (February 8, 2007). "'Toy Story' sequel set". Variety. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 20, 2008). "Bolt Teaser Poster; A Look Back at American Dog". /Film. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "King of the Elves being reworked; Disney plans far ahead". Filmonic. August 6, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Graser, Marc; Sneider, Jeff (June 29, 2011). "Disney revives 'King of the Elves' toon". Variety. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 29, 2011). "Disney Sets HORRIBLE BOSSES Scribe to Pen KING OF THE ELVES". Collider. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Giardina, Carolyn (December 31, 2013). "Chris Williams To Co-Direct Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6' With Don Hall". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 29, 2016). "Disney Animation's Big Announcement Coming Tomorrow, Here's What It Could Be". /Film. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Moana (Trailer H)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 

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