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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