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Christopher Michael "Chris" Sanders (born March 12, 1962) is an American animation director and illustrator. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1984. Chris was the director and screenplay writer for How to Train Your Dragon and the executive producer of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Biography

Christ Sanders was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He fell in love with animation at the age of ten after seeing Ward Kimball animated shorts on The Wonderful World of Disney. He went to Arvada High School in Arvada, Colorado. Chris decided to apply to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) when his grandmother told him about the animation program at school. He graduated by 1984.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1988 Garfield: His 9 Lives Animation stylist - segment: "Diana's Piano" TV film
1990 The Rescuers Down Under
  • Storyboard artist
  • Visual development
  • Character designer
Film
1991 Beauty and the Beast
  • Writer
  • Visual development artist
1992 Aladdin Writer
1994 The Lion King
  • Production designer
  • Writer
1998 Mulan
  • Little Brother (voice)
  • Writer
  • Story supervisor
1999 Fantasia 2000 Developer of original concept: Pines of Rome
2001 Drawn to Animation Himself Video short
2002 Lilo & Stitch
  • Stitch (voice)
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Character designer
Film
2003 Stitch! The Movie
  • Stitch (voice)
  • Creator
Direct-to-video film
2003—2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series
  • Stitch (voice)
  • Experiment 627 (voice, 1 episode)
  • Creator
TV series
2004 Stitch's Great Escape! Stitch (voice) Theme park attraction
2005 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
  • Stitch (voice)
  • Creator
Direct-to-video film
Kingdom Hearts II Stitch (English version, voice) Video game
2006 Leroy & Stitch
  • Stitch (voice)
  • Leroy (voice)
  • Creator
TV film
2008—2010 Stitch!
  • The concept developer for 12 episodes;
  • Characters for 11 episodes
TV series
2010 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Stitch (voice) Video game
2011 Kinect: Disneyland Adventures
2013 The Croods
  • Belt (voice)
  • Director
  • Writer
  • ADR group
  • The Croods: "Shine Your Way"
Film
2020 The Croods 2 Writer

DreamWorks Dragons Filmography

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2010 How to Train Your Dragon
  • Director
  • Screenplay writer
Feature film
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Executive producer
2019 How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World

Concept Art

Storyboard

HTTYD - Chris Sanders

HTTYD - Chris Sanders

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