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MARK DINDAL (Director/Story) has been contributing to the art of animation for the past 25 years in a variety of artistic capacities and receives his third feature film directing credit with "Chicken Little.” He made his directing debut in 1997 with the Warner Bros. animated feature, "Cats Don't Dance,” and followed that in 2000 with the hilarious Disney comedy adventure, "The Emperor's New Groove.” Born in Columbus, Ohio, Dindal grew up watching Disney animated classics and knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in animation. He studied his craft at the prestigious CalArts animation program before launching his professional career with Disney in 1980. Starting as an effects animator on "The Fox and the Hound,” he went on to work on "The Black Cauldron,” "Mickey's Christmas Carol,” and "The Great Mouse Detective.” Following a brief hiatus to pursue outside projects, he returned to Disney in 1987 for a stint as visual effects supervisor on "The Little Mermaid” followed by work on "The Rescuers Down Under.” His other credits for the Studio include visual development for several projects and a stint as effects animator on "Aladdin.” Additionally, he directed the animated segment for the live-action film, "The Rocketeer.”


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