March 24, 1972
|Alma mater||Hellenic College|
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, animator, voice actor|
|Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Igor, The Emoji Movie, Kronk's New Groove|
Anthony Leondis (born March 24, 1972) is a Greek-American filmmaker, known for being the director of The Emoji Movie, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Igor, and the unreleased DreamWorks Animation feature film, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. He was also a writer from Kronk's New Groove. He won two Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Director and Screenplay, however, he was nominated for Best Director and Screenplay from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and Best Writer in Kronk's New Groove, and also was the director for Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters, voicing Master Croc, which proved to be his better-known work.
Leondis started his career as a story artist working on films such as The Prince of Egypt and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. He later joined DisneyToon Studios, where he co-wrote the script for Kronk's New Groove. Leondis made his directorial debut on Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch in 2005. In 2008, he directed his first theatrical animated film, Igor, for Exodus Film Group.
Since 2009, he was directing at DreamWorks Animation an animated feature film about ghosts, titled B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. The film, which was based on his original idea, was scheduled to be released in 2015, but by late 2014, it was pulled from DWA's schedule and went back into restructuring. By 2015, Leondis left DreamWorks to develop his next animated film, while B.O.O. is left dead at the studio.
The Emoji Movie
The film was released on July 28, 2017. Though the film was a box-office success, it was panned by critics. He won two Razzie Awards for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay, the latter he shared with Eric Siegel and Mike White, making him the first animation director in motion picture history to get those categories.
Following the failure of The Emoji Movie, Leondis has expressed some interest in pursuing live-action filmmaking. In an interview with IGN Greece, Leondis said,
If I did some live action movie, I would like to be in a fantasy world. I like animation the idea of creating the world, the whole world. So yeah, some time ago I'd have fun doing live action.
Leondis is gay.
|Year||Title||Director||Writer||Animation department||Voice actor||Role||Notes|
|1998||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride||Yes||Direct-to-video|
Additional character designer
|The Prince of Egypt||Yes||Story artist|
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||Yes||Additional story artist|
|2004||Home on the Range||Yes||Story artist|
|2005||Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch||Yes||Yes||Direct-to-video|
|Kronk's New Groove||Yes|
|2008||Igor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Killiseum Fan #4||Additional screenplay material|
|2011||Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters||Yes||Yes||Master Croc||Video short|
|2017||The Emoji Movie||Yes||Yes||Yes||Laughter,
|Unreleased||B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations||Yes||Yes||Wrote the story|
|1997||Cartoon Sushi||Yes||Episode #1.4|
Awards and nominations
|Razzie Awards||The Emoji Movie||Worst Director||2018||Won|
|Annie Awards||Kronk's New Groove||Best Writing In An Animated Feature Production||2006||Nominated|
|DVD Exclusive Awards||Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch||Best Director (of a DVD Premiere Movie)|
|Best Screenplay (for a DVD Premiere Movie)|
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