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THOR FREUDENTHAL (Director) was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. His knack for visual storytelling showed early and while still in high school, he wrote and illustrated a series of comics for German publisher Carlsen, the publisher of the Tintin series. As a student at the Berlin Academy of Arts, Freudenthal discovered his passion for film. His self-produced short films "Mind the Gap!" and "Monkey Business" garnered awards and accolades on the European festival circuit.

That work led to a scholarship at the California Institute of the Arts. Freudenthal's first American short film, "The Tenor," about a zoo ostrich who dreams of a career in opera, won the First Prize Student Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The film was screened throughout the world as part of "Spike and Mike's Festival of Sick & Twisted Animation."

Freudenthal then joined the visual effects house Sony Pictures Imageworks, where he worked closely with director Rob Minkoff on "Stuart Little" and "Stuart Little 2," helping shape the film's digital characters, as well as taking on the complex task of pre-visualizing the scripts and supervising the team of storyboard artists. "Stuart Little" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

After making the leap into directing with commercials for Nike, Reebok, Nabisco, Burger King, Florida's Natural, Popsicle and Philadelphia, Freudenthal became second unit director on Disney's "The Haunted Mansion," starring Eddie Murphy. He then wrote and directed the darkly comic short "Motel," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won Best Short at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

Freudenthal made his feature directorial debut with "Hotel for Dogs" in 2009 for DreamWorks, starring Don Cheadle, Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, and Kevin Dillon, with Lauren Shuler Donner and The Montecito Picture Company producing. In 2010, he directed "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" for 20th Century Fox, the box office hit based on Jeff Kinney's book, which launched a successful franchise.

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