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MIKE MITCHELL (Director) is one of the industry's most talented and sought-after directors, whose films have taken in more than $1 billion worldwide. From directing Shrek Forever After, to writing for The Ren & Stimpy Show and SpongeBob Squarepants, to executive-producing Kung Fu Panda 3, Mitchell is often recognized as having one of the most versatile backgrounds in the business. His latest, Trolls, is being released by DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox on November 4, 2016.

Immediately after his graduation from CalArts, Mitchell began working for Tim Burton as a story artist and assisted Spike Jonze with his features, commercials and music videos. In 1996, Mitchell began his collaboration with DreamWorks Animation. In addition to directing Shrek Forever After, the final chapter of the most successful animated franchise ever, he advised and consulted on films such as Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, and Home.

Outside animation, Mitchell's films include Sky High, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and the live-action sequences for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Additionally, he directed the television pilot and several episodes for the Fox show Greg the Bunny starring Seth Green and Sarah Silverman, as well as "Action League Now!" from Nickelodeon's Kablam!

In his career, Mitchell has received numerous awards for his work, including the 1999 Spirit of Slamdance Award for his short film, Herd, and the 1993 Sundance Film Festival's Best of Fest Award for his animated short, Frannie's Christmas. His film Shut Up Lil Man premiered at Austin's SXSW film festival and featured handmade puppets of his own design.


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