Mike Mitchell (director)

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Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mike Mitchell at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born October 18, 1970 (age 45)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Film director
Years active 1993–present

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.

Early life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, son of lawyer and former chairman of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, Robert Mitchell and Julia Baker. According to his father, "Mitchell's gifts for artistic imagery were discovered early." At the age of 5 he had advanced skills in drawing. At 9 his road into the movie industry grew when he got his first movie camera. He graduated from Putnam City North High School, and during this time was very much involved in the arts, then subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts. During his time there, there was a demand for young animators, which led him into the world of television. 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 has done work for many companies including Disney, DreamWorks, MTV, Nickelodeon, Universal, and Sony. He directed films like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, 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 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. He not only works on movies but in television as well. He directed and wrote several episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants. Mitchell will also direct Nightcrawlers, a supernatural action comedy.[1]


Sundance Film Festival: "Frannie's Christmas" (1993).

Aspen Shortsfest 1999: Won special recognition for "Herd" (1999).

Atlanta Film Festival 1999: Won Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Short: "Herd" (1999).

Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 1999: Won first prize for "Herd" (1999).

Slamdance Film Festival 1999: Won Spirt of Slamdance Award for "Herd" (1999).

HI Mom Film Festival 2000: Won first prize for "Herd" (1999).



Year Title Director Writer Animator Role Notes
1998 Antz Yes additional story artist
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Yes
2004 Shrek 2 Yes additional story artist
Surviving Christmas Yes
2005 Sky High Yes
2007 Shrek the Third Yes additional story artist
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Yes Advisor Wedgie story artist
2010 Shrek Forever After Yes Tour Guide/Camp Ogre/Ogre Naysayer/Baba Witch/Melty Witch/Witch Guard #2/Butter Pants
Megamind Father in Crowd
2011 Puss in Boots Andy Beanstalk
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Yes directed by
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Antarctic Penguin
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Yes live-action sequences
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Male Palace Goose / Smart Panda Villager
The Angry Birds Movie Newspaper Pig
Trolls Yes



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