Mike L. Murphy

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Mike L. Murphy
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Michael L. Murphy

(1975-01-29)January 29, 1975
Los Gatos, California, United States
OccupationFilm maker
Animation director
Home townLos Gatos, California

Mike L. Murphy (born January 29, 1975 in Los Gatos, California) is an American animation director and animator in film and television.[1][2]


Murphy grew up in Los Gatos, California and left high school a year early after getting a tour of Walt Disney Feature Animation studios while they were making Aladdin. He subsequently attended California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.


Murphy's first film as director was his 2004 Night of the Broccoli, about a man whose dinner vegetables exact a revenge.[3] This was followed by his 2005 film Get Lost, and then by his 2006 film Rose, which premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and won 1st place for cinematography.[4] His works include the films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Iron Man.[5] In 2010 he directed the animated sequences for 20th Century Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.[6] In 2011 he was the director and producer of the Young Storytellers Foundation "Bohemian Dream Party", a charity event to benefit arts education for Los Angeles-based youth.[7] He also redesigned Mrs. Butterworth and directed her animation.[8]


  • Night of the Broccoli (2004)[3]
  • Get Lost (2005)[1]
  • Rose (2006)


  1. ^ a b Brodesser, Claude (September 14, 2000). "Revolution finds Lost: Duo Barker and Murphy to create animated tale". Variety. variety.com. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Mike L. Murphy". The New York Times. movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b Rosenblatt, John (January 11, 2008). "Talk to the Hand". Austin Chronicle. austinchronicle.com. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  4. ^ "10th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival". Rhode Island International Film Festival. film-festival.org. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  5. ^ Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff (2007). Thinking animation: bridging the gap between 2D and CG (illustrated ed.). Thomson Course Technology. ISBN 1-59863-260-4.
  6. ^ "Custom Film Effects Transports Diary of a Wimpy Kid". CG News. cgnews.com. March 23, 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Green Fairies and Stars in Bohemian". The Hollywood Interview. theHollywoodInterview.blogspot.com. March 14, 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Wimpy kid now a force as a director". San Jose Mercury News'. Allvoices archive. March 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2010.

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