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Christopher Sanders

Jessica Steele-Sanders


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Chris Sanders

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Full Name
Christopher Michael Sanders

March 12, 1962 (age 62) (

Director, illustrator, voice actor

Notable work
Lilo & StitchHow to Train Your DragonThe Croods

TV shows
Lilo & Stitch: The Series, DreamWorks Dragons, Anything More Would Be Greedy

Annie Award for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Lilo & Stitch, The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Ha

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Dean DeBlois, Kirk DeMicco, Daveigh Chase, Catherine Keener, Jay Baruchel

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Christopher Michael "Chris" Sanders (born March 12, 1962) is an American animation director, illustrator and voice actor. He is best known for co-writing and directing the Disney animated feature film Lilo & Stitch (2002) and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon (2010), both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with Dean DeBlois, and for creating and voicing Stitch in Lilo & Stitch and almost every work in its franchise. His recent work was serving as director and co-writer on The Croods, along with Kirk DeMicco.


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Early life

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Sanders was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He went to Arvada High School in Arvada, Colorado. He is a 1984 graduate of the California Institute of the Arts.


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Sanders began his career as a character designer for Muppet Babies. He soon became the head storyboard artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation. He also served as a storyboard artist, artistic director, production designer, and character designer on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mulan.

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In 1985, Sanders created a character named "Stitch" for an unsuccessful children's book pitch. When Sanders was the head storyboard artist for Disney Feature Animation, then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner decided that, in the wake of a number of high-profile and large-budget Disney animated features during the mid-1990s, the studio might try its hand at a smaller and less expensive film. Chris Sanders was approached by Thomas Schumacher to pitch that idea, and Sanders reused the "Stitch" character he came up with. The story line required a remote, non-urban location, so Sanders chose Kauaʻi as the location. Stitch became the central character of the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch, which Sanders co-directed and co-wrote with Dean DeBlois. Sanders would also end up voicing the character he created for the film. The film's commercial and critical success spawned a franchise with three sequel films and two television series, with Sanders reprising his role of Stitch throughout most of the franchise (only being replaced by Benjamin Diskin for the English dub of the anime Stitch!).

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By December 2006, Sanders had been removed as the director of the upcoming Disney animated film American Dog by John Lasseter. By March 2007, Sanders had been negotiating his exit from Disney. After the departure of Sanders from Disney, directing duties were handed to Chris Williams and Byron Howard, and the film was retitled Bolt. Despite his departure from Disney, Sanders continues to voice Stitch in most official Disney media.

DreamWorks Animation

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By March 2007, Sanders had moved to DreamWorks Animation and had then taken over as director on Crood Awakening (later renamed to The Croods), a project previously in co-production with Aardman Animations before their departure from DreamWorks. At the time, Chris had this to say about the move: "I've been so anxious to start working on things, and so I talked to a lot of people... I like the way DreamWorks looks at animation. Animation still has a lot of different places to go, and I don't want to miss out on a chance to try some new things with it."

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On September 24, 2008, it was reported that Sanders and DeBlois would be screenwriting and directing How to Train Your Dragon for DreamWorks Animation. The film was released on March 26, 2010 and was well received by critics. It grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 83rd Academy Awards. The movie also won ten Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature.

After completing How to Train Your Dragon, Chris returned to The Croods, which was released on March 22, 2013. Sanders shared directing and writing credits with Kirk DeMicco, who had joined in the middle of production. The film proved to be a success, grossing over $500 million. Sanders and DeMicco then worked on The Croods sequel for three and a half years, before its cancellation in late 2016.

Sanders also draws the popular webcomic Kiskaloo.

Personal life

Sanders is married to Jessica Steele-Sanders. Together, they wrote an illustrated novel, titled Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist (2015).


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