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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, Steven Spielberg's animation studio.

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 few weeks.

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 Chris Renaud.


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