Jeff Fowler

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Jeff Fowler
Alma materRingling College of Art and Design
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • animator
  • visual effects artist
Years active2002–present
Known forSonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Notable workGopher Broke

Jeff Fowler is an American filmmaker, animator, and visual effects artist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film[1] as writer and director of the short animated film Gopher Broke (2004).[2] He made his theatrical directorial debut with the live-action adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), and returned to direct the 2022 sequel.[3][4]


Fowler served as an animator for the 2003 short film Rockfish and the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. He only served as an actor once in Gilmore Girls, voicing Bob as a minor role in the episode Eight O'Clock at the Oasis. In 2004, he wrote, directed, storyboarded, laid out the art, and animated Gopher Broke. He also wrote and animated A Gentleman's Duel.

Fowler worked on the CGI movie production for the 2005 video game Shadow the Hedgehog. He would later go on to direct Sonic the Hedgehog, a film based on the video game franchise of the same name. The film was originally set to release in November 2019, but due to widespread criticism toward Sonic's design, it was delayed to February 14, 2020 to change the design. The new design for Sonic was revealed in November 2019, garnering far more positive responses from fans and critics.

Fowler directed a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which released on April 8, 2022. He is set to direct a reboot of The Pink Panther, which is in development.



Year Title Position Notes
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Animation research and development
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Director Directorial debut
2022 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Cameo, News Reporter (Deleted Scene)


Year Title Position Notes
2003 Rockfish Animator
2004 Gopher Broke Writer, director, storyboard artist, layout artist, and animator
2006 A Gentlemen's Duel Writer and animator


Year Title Role Position Notes
2002 Gilmore Girls Bob Actor Minor role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Position Notes
2005 Shadow the Hedgehog CGI Movie Production [5]


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