Mike Mitchell at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
||c. 1970 (age 43-44)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Mike Mitchell (c. 1970) is an American film director, producer, actor and former animator. He directed the films Surviving Christmas, Sky High and Shrek Forever After.
Mitchell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, son of lawyer and former chairman of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, Robert Mitchell. He graduated from Putnam City North High School, and subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts. Working for such filmmakers as Tim Burton and Spike Jonze, Mitchell became an accomplished illustrator.
He started his career as director for Matt O'Callagahan's The Itsy Bitsy Spider. He first gained critical attention when he co-wrote, produced and directed the short film Herd, which won several film festival awards, including the Spirit of Slamdance Award at the 1999 Slamdance Festival. That same year, he made his feature film directorial debut with the comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, starring Rob Schneider. He directed films like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Shipwrecked, Surviving Christmas, and Sky High, in which all three received mixed reviews. In 2006 he joined DreamWorks Animation and was a story artist for Shrek the Third and Creative Consultant for Kung Fu Panda. He later directed the movie Shrek Forever After and voiced the character Butterpants. He also worked as a voice actor for various voices in Monsters vs. Aliens, and Andy Beanstalk in Puss in Boots. He also directed live action sequences on SpongeBob SquarePants. Mitchell will also direct Nightcrawlers, a supernatural action comedy.