Rob Minkoff

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Rob Minkoff
Rob Minkoff.jpg
Minkoff in 2011
Born Robert Ralph Minkoff
(1962-08-11) August 11, 1962 (age 56)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Education Palo Alto High School
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • animator
  • screenwriter
Years active 1985–present
Notable work The Lion King
Spouse(s) Crystal Kung (2007–present)

Robert Ralph Minkoff (born August 11, 1962)[1] is an American filmmaker.[2] He is known for directing the double Academy Award–winning animated feature The Lion King (along with Roger Allers), along with directing Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, The Haunted Mansion, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Early life[edit]

Minkoff was born in Palo Alto, California to Jack Robert Minkoff (1922–1998) and Tola Fay Minkoff (née Stebel)[3]. He studied at Palo Alto High School and graduated from California Institute of the Arts in the early 1980s in the Character Animation department. While he was working his way through CalArts, he was hired by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1983 as an in-between artist for The Black Cauldron (1985). He was then a supervising animator for The Great Mouse Detective (1986), before being a character designer for The Brave Little Toaster (1987). He also wrote the song "Good Company" for Oliver & Company (1988), before becoming a character animator for The Little Mermaid (1989). He then became a director for two Roger Rabbit shorts called Tummy Trouble (1989) and Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990) and was a part of a pre-production script development for Beauty and the Beast (1991). He also directed a Mickey Mouse short, which was shown at Disney-MGM Studios, called Mickey's Audition (1992).


Minkoff got his big break when he directed the Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film The Lion King (1994) alongside Roger Allers. Since then, he has directed his first live-action movies Stuart Little (1999) Stuart Little 2 (2002), which were a mix of live action and computer animation, and then some fully live action movies like The Haunted Mansion (2003), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) and Flypaper (2011).

He participates as a member of the jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City film festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.[4]

He directed DreamWorks Animation's computer-animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman.[5][6] He is also attached to direct the fantasy action adventure Chinese Odyssey.[7] As of 2014, he is producing Blazing Samurai, an animated family film inspired by Blazing Saddles and scheduled for a 2017 release.[8][9] Minkoff is also a director on the 2018 animated Netflix original animated series of the late Anna Dewdney picture book franchise Llama Llama, overseeing all aspects of production.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Minkoff married Crystal Kung on September 29, 2007.[11] They met in 2003 at a party in Minkoff's office.[11]

Kung is a 76th-generation descendant of Confucius, and has a brother, Jeffrey Kung,[11] a Chinese singer and radio VJ.

Minkoff is Jewish.[12]

In 2012, Minkoff and his wife welcomed a son.[13][14]







  1. ^ Rob Minkoff's middle name
  2. ^ Rob Minkoff's bio
  3. ^ Rob Minkoff's parents and family
  4. ^ NYICFF Jury
  5. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation Announces Feature Film Release Slate Through 2014" (Press release). DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  6. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation Pushes Back Release for 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (2010-10-14). "Rob Minkoff sets sail for 'Chinese Odyssey'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 5, 2015). "Open Road Acquires Toon 'Blazing Samurai' For 2017 Release". Deadline. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (November 6, 2014). "GFM rides with Blazing Samurai". Screen Daily. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Llama Llama bible" (PDF). Genius Brands. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c Knox Beckius, Kim (2007). "A Leading Lady - Crystal Kung and Rob Minkoff". Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Rachel X. Landes. "Meet the 3 Jews Who Made 'The Lion King' Possible". 
  13. ^ Desowitz, Bill (July 19, 2013). "Immersed in Movies: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Wows Comic-Con". Animation Scoop. Retrieved July 20, 2013. Minkoff then admitted that he is now the father of a 10-month-old son and that the movie has special meaning with the bonding of father and son. 
  14. ^ Churnin, Nancy (March 4, 2014). "Mr. Peabody director Rob Minkoff stops in Dallas, talks movies that move him". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ McClintock, Pamela (June 11, 2012). "Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney Join Voice Cast of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (October 14, 2010). "Rob Minkoff sets sail for 'Chinese Odyssey'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Mercedes Milligan. "Le Vision, Rob Minkoff Partner for Animated Wolf Totem". Retrieved December 10, 2016. 

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