Pierre Coffin

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Pierre Coffin
Pierre Coffin 2017.jpg
Coffin in 2017
Born
Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin

1967 (age 53–54)
OccupationAnimator, film director, voice actor
Years active1993–present
Known forVoice of the Minions in the Despicable Me franchise
Children2
Parent(s)Yves Coffin
Nh. Dini
Signature
Pierre Coffin signature.svg

Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin (born 1967)[1] is a French animator, film director, and voice actor best known for co-directing all four films in the Despicable Me franchise and as the voice of the Minions, which won him the Kids Family Award at the 10th Seiyu Awards.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Coffin was born in France to Yves Coffin, a French diplomat, and Nh. Dini, an Indonesian novelist. He has a sister, Marie-Claire. During his childhood, they moved a lot across Asia, living in Cambodia and Japan, before settling in a Parisian suburb in the 1970s. Growing up, their father forbid them watching television, considering it too passive. Instead, Coffin drew, read, and listened to music a lot. Although he never considered a career in arts, some talented friends, who were better than him at drawing, inspired him to improve his skills.[3]

Between 1985 and 1988, he studied cinema at the Paris-Sorbonne University. While attending his military service, he withdrew to take the entrance exam for the Gobelins animation school in Paris. Passing, he studied there the 2D course from 1990 to 1993.[4] Then he moved to Amblin, the 2D London-based facility, where he worked for one year as a junior animator on the Steven Spielberg-executive-produced We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story.[3] He then started as a freelance animator in the French CGI studio Ex Machina where he worked as an animator and eventually animation supervisor. Pierre Coffin's directorial career began with a short named Pings in 1997.[4] He then started to collaborate by doing commercials with Passion Pictures Paris and Mac Guff. He created the characters Pat & Stan for the titular TF1 TV series.[5] In 2010 he completed, with Chris Renaud, the feature CGI animated movie Despicable Me for Universal.

Coffin directed Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013), with Renaud, Despicable Me 3 (2017) and the Despicable Me spin-off, Minions (2015) with Kyle Balda.[6] In which he also served as the voice of various Minions.

Personal life[edit]

Coffin has two children.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Actor Voice role Notes
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story No No No TBA Inbetween Artist
2003 Gary's Day Yes No No No Short film
2010 Despicable Me[7] Yes No No Yes Tim the Minion, Bob the Minion, Mark the Minion, Phil the Minion, Stuart the Minion
Home Makeover Yes No Yes Yes Minions Short film included on Despicable Me DVD and Blu-ray
Orientation Day Yes No Yes Yes
Banana Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Brad & Gary[8][9] Yes No No Yes Brad Short film
2013 Despicable Me 2[7] Yes No No Yes Kevin the Minion, Bob the Minion, Stuart the Minion, Additional Minions, Evil Minions Nominated - Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2015 Minions[7] Yes No No Yes Kevin the Minion, Bob the Minion, Stuart the Minion, The Minions Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2017 Despicable Me 3[10] Yes No No Yes Mel, The Minions and Museum Director
2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru[11] No No No Yes The Minions

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2004-2010 Pat & Stan Yes Yes No Creator

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pierre Coffin". Premiere. Archived from the original on 6 November 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  2. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (13 March 2016). "Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Inori Minase Win 10th Annual Seiyū Awards". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c McGrath, Nick (26 June 2015). "Pierre Coffin: Me and my Minions". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b Universal Pictures. "Despicable Me 2 Production Notes" (PDF). Despicable Me. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  5. ^ Marighetti, Debora (30 September 2007). "Happy Hippo, divertimento e tenerezza formato spot". TVBlog.it (in Italian). Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (24 July 2012). "Illumination And Universal Hatch 'Despicable Me' Spinoff About The Minions". Deadline. Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Pierre Coffin". Behind The Voice Actors. Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Brad & Gary (2011) Review". Designing Geek. 18 April 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Brad & Gary". Seattle International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  10. ^ Donnelly, Matt (13 April 2016). "Trey Parker Joins Voice Cast of 'Despicable Me 3'". The Wrap. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  11. ^ McMillan, Graeme (2 February 2020). "'Minions: The Rise of Gru' Brings Mischief to the Super Bowl". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 3 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.

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