Mike Mitchell (director)
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Mike Mitchell at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Life and career
Mitchell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of Julia Baker and Robert Mitchell, a lawyer and former chairman of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. 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 later directed films like Surviving Christmas and Sky High. In 2006 he joined DreamWorks Animation and was a story artist for Shrek the Third and Creative Consultant for Kung Fu Panda. He also directed the movie Shrek Forever After and voiced the character Butterpants. He also worked as voice actor in Monsters vs. Aliens as additional voices. He also directed live action sequences on SpongeBob SquarePants. Mitchell will also direct Nightcrawlers, a supernatural action comedy.
He voiced Andy Beanstalk in Puss in Boots.
Filmography as director
- Trolls (2016)
- SpongeBob SquarePants 2 (2015) (live-action director)
- Phineas and Ferb (2014)
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
- Shrek Forever After (2010)
- The Loop (TV) (2007)
- SpongeBob SquarePants (TV) (2005–2007) (live-action director)
- Sky High (2005)
- Surviving Christmas (2004)
- Greg the Bunny (TV) (2002)
- Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
- The Itsy Bitsy Spider (TV) (1993)
- Elder, Bud (2010). "The Animated World of Mike Mitchell". Distinctly Oklahoma. Retrieved 2010-05-15.[dead link]
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