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Chris Wedge

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Nationality  American
Role  Director
Years active  1982–present
Spouse  Jeanne Markel
Children  Jack Wedge, Sarah Wedge
Name  Chris Wedge

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Full Name  John Christian Wedge
Born  March 20, 1957 (age 58) (1957-03-20) Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Education  Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Alma mater  State University of New York at Purchase Ohio State University
Occupation  Film director, film producer, screenwriter, cartoonist, voice actor
Awards  Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film
Movies  Ice Age, Epic, Robots, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinos
Similar People  Carlos Saldanha, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Mike Thurmeier, William Joyce

Notable work  Ice Age, Robots, Epic

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John Christian "Chris" Wedge (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, cartoonist and voice actor of animation, best known for the films Ice Age (2002), Robots (2005), Epic (2013) and Monster Trucks (2016). He is a co-founder of the animation studio Blue Sky Studios and voiced the character Scrat in the Ice Age franchise.

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Early life

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Wedge was born in Binghamton, New York. He became interested in animation when he was 12 years old: "Back then, there was a TV special about kids making cut-out animation in a workshop—as I recall it was Yellow Ball Workshop—it was a clear technique to follow and I followed it. That fascinated me and it got me started. It was so simple, effective and magical in outcome and I stuck with creating things throughout my childhood, teenage years and then college."

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He attended Fayetteville-Manlius High School, graduating in 1975. He received his BFA in Film from State University of New York at Purchase in Purchase, New York in 1981, and subsequently earned his MA in computer graphics and art education at the Ohio State University. He has taught animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he met his future film directing partner, Carlos Saldanha.

Career

In 1982, Wedge worked for MAGI/SynthaVision, where he was a principal animator on the Disney film Tron, credited as a scene programmer. Some of his other works include Where the Wild Things Are (1983), Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and Santa Calls.

Wedge is co-founder and Vice President of Creative Development at Blue Sky Studios, one of the premier computer animation studios and producer of Wedge's films. He is the owner of WedgeWorks, a film production company founded by Wedge.

In 1998 and 1987, he won an Academy Award for the short animated film, Bunny and Balloon Guy. In 2002, Wedge directed Blue Sky Studios' first computer-animated film, Ice Age. He also voiced Scrat in the film and its following sequels, performing the character's "squeaks and squeals." In 2005, Wedge directed Robots, based on a story he created with William Joyce. In 2013 followed Epic, loosely based on Joyce's book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

In 2009, it was reported that Wedge would direct an animated feature film adaptation of Will Wright's Spore, but since then there has been no further news about the film.

Wedge directed the science fiction/action film Monster Trucks (2016), with a $100 million budget, and starring Lucas Till and Jane Levy. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger wrote the script for the film, produced by Mary Parent.

Personal life

Wedge lives in Katonah, New York with his wife Jeanne Markel. They have a daughter and a son, Sarah and Jack.

References

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