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MIKE MITCHELL (Director) 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. Mitchell is currently directing the comedy "Sky High,” about a high school for the children of superheroes, starring Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston. He is next set to direct the fantasy "Fraud Prince.”

Hailing from Oklahoma, Mitchell came 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. His credits include story and storyboard work on "Antz,” "James and the Giant Peach,” "Monkey Bone,” "Shrek 2” and the upcoming "Shrek 3.” In addition, he did writing and storyboard work on the animated series "The Ren & Stimpy Show,” and wrote for the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants.” He also directed the pilot and three episodes of Fox's "Greg The Bunny.”

In addition, Mitchell worked in development at several major studios, including Disney, DreamWorks, MTV/Nickelodeon, Universal and Sony. He has numerous commercials and music videos to his credit, many involving animation or puppets. He also worked with Sid and Marty Kroft and Hanna Barbera as a writer, puppeteer and storyboard artist.


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