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Having worked for Marvel and DC Comics from 1994 to 2000, CHRIS RENAUD (Directed by) comes from a background in comic art. From there, he moved to production design at Shadow Projects and Big Big Productions, where he oversaw all aspects of the animation process, including character development, creating concept storyboards and managing teams of digital modellers and artists.

He progressed to Blue Sky Studios/20th Century Fox Animation, where he worked as a story artist on a number of feature animation projects, including Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!. His role was to translate the screen story into the visual language of cinema, inventing and staging both dramatic and comedic action.

In 2007, Renaud conceived, wrote and storyboarded the animated short No Time for Nuts, overseeing every creative aspect of production, including design, layout, lighting, rendering, music composition and sound design. No Time for Nuts was nominated for an Academy Award® and went on to win the animation industry's Annie Award for Best Short.

From 2008 to 2010, Renaud directed, with Pierre Coffin, the animated hit Despicable Me, the 10th highest-grossing film in the U.S. domestic box office in 2010. He and Coffin are currently directing Despicable Me 2.


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