PIERRE COFFIN (Directed by/Minion Voices)
studied cinema at France's
Sorbonne University between
1985 and 1988, and the
Gobelins school of animation
from 1990 to 1993. He then
moved to England and worked
as an assistant animator at Amblimation,
In 1996, Coffin began
working at Ex Machina, one of the leading French
CG-animation companies at the time. While there,
he became lead animator, then animation director,
and directed his short film Pings (1997), which
captured the industry's attention and started his long
career in commercials.
He then joined Passion Pictures as a director.
While there, he made highly praised and prizewinning
commercials, in addition to a miniseries
called Polar Bears (part of The Lenny Henry Show)
for BBC1. Coffin's commercials and television series
shorts have been huge Internet successes. His Pat &
Stan pilot received more than 10 million hits in just a
In 2007, Coffin directed a seven-minute teaser for
his feature film Bones Story. The teaser, combined
with Coffin's long career in animation, eventually got
Hollywood's attention. By the end of 2008, Chris
Meledandri asked him to direct Despicable Me with
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