David Bowers (director)
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David Bowers at the BAFTAs
|Born||1970 (age 46–47)
Cheshire, England, UK
|Residence||Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Animator, film director, screenwriter, voice actor|
After Roger Rabbit, Bowers worked at Cosgrove Hall on the cult-favourite television shows Danger Mouse and Duckula before moving to London to work for Steven Spielberg's Amblimation studio. He worked as an animator on An American Tail: Fievel Goes West before going freelance to work on advertisements and features. Bowers later returned to Amblimation to work on early story development and as a Supervising Animator on Balto.
With the founding of DreamWorks SKG, Bowers moved to Los Angeles to work as a story artist on The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado. It was during this period that he met Aardman's Nick Park and Peter Lord, who asked him to help storyboard Aardman’s first feature-length film, the critically acclaimed Chicken Run. He was ultimately credited as Storyboard Supervisor.
After Chicken Run, Bowers moved between Los Angeles and Bristol, United Kingdom, working on several DreamWorks and Aardman projects, including the hit CG animated comedy Shark Tale and the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit before directing his first feature Flushed Away with Sam Fell.
Bowers directed Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, his first live-action film, which was released in cinemas on 25 March 2011. He also directed the third film in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012), as well as the fourth film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017).
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Inbetween artist|
|1989||Count Duckula||Animator (one episode)|
|1991||An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Animator|
|1992||Danger Mouse||Animator (four episodes)|
|FernGully: The Last Rainforest||Animator|
|1993||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story|
|1995||Balto||Storyboard artist, supervising animator: "Rosy"|
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Storyboard artist|
|The Road to El Dorado|
|2004||Shark Tale||Story artist|
|2005||Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit||Senior storyboard artist|
|2006||Flushed Away||Director, screenplay, additional voices|
|2009||Astro Boy||Director, writer, voice of Mike The Fridge|
|2010||The RRF in New Recruit||Director, voice of Mike The Fridge (short film)|
|Astro Boy vs. The Junkyard Pirates||Director (short film)|
|2011||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules||Director|
|2012||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days|
|2017||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul|
|TBA||Clifford the Big Red Dog|
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- Kit, Borys (June 23, 2010). "David Bowers to direct 'Wimpy' sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- McClintock, Pamela (June 23, 2010). "Bowers in talks for 'Wimpy' sequel". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "David Bowers in Talks to Direct 'Clifford the Big Red Dog'; Illumination Drops Off (Exclusive)". TheWrap. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2014-01-18.