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Jeff Fowler

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Jeff Fowler
Alma materRingling College of Art and Design
Occupations
  • Filmmaker
  • animator
Years active2002–present

Jeff Fowler is an American filmmaker and animator. He is best known for directing the live-action film adaptations Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) and its sequels Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022) and the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (2024).[1][2] He also wrote and directed the short film Gopher Broke (2004), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.[3][4]

Career

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Fowler was an animator for the 2003 short film Rockfish and the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. In 2004, he wrote, directed, storyboarded, did the art layout, 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 directed Sonic the Hedgehog, a film based on the video game series 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, He directed the pilot episode and executive produced the TV series Knuckles, and directed Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which is slated for release in December 2024.

Filmography

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Director

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Short film

Year Title Notes
2004 Gopher Broke Also writer, storyboard artist, layout artist, and animator

Feature film

Year Title Notes
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog
2022 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Also cameo as news reporter (deleted scene)
2024 Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Television

Year Title Notes
2024 Knuckles Miniseries
Episode "The Warrior";
also executive producer

Other credits

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Short film

Year Title Role
2003 Rockfish Animator
2006 A Gentlemen's Duel Writer and animator

Video game

Year Title Role
2005 Shadow the Hedgehog CGI movie production[5]

Film

Year Title Role
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Animation research and development

References

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  1. ^ Amidi, Amid (2019-05-02). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Director Jeff Fowler Says Sonic Will Be Re-Designed". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  2. ^ Ames, Jeff (2020-02-11). "Sonic The Hedgehog Director Jeff Fowler on Redesigning Sonic". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  3. ^ "2005 | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Oscars.org. Retrieved 2023-02-25. Short Film (Animated) (...) Gopher Broke - Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller
  4. ^ Short Film Winners: 2005 Oscars, Oscars.org, 2015-02-19, retrieved 2023-02-25
  5. ^ Sega Studios USA (November 15, 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog (GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox). SEGA. Scene: Staff credits.
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