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" Television special
1990 The Rescuers Down Under Storyboard artist Feature film
Visual development
Character designer
1991 Beauty and the Beast Writer
Visual development artist
1992 Aladdin Writer
1994 The Lion King Production designer
Writer
1998 Mulan Little Brother
Writer
Story supervisor
1999 Fantasia 2000 Developer of original concept: Pines of Rome
2001 Drawn to Animation Himself Video short
2002 Lilo & Stitch Stitch Feature film
Director
Writer
Character designer
2003 Stitch! The Movie Stitch
Creator
2004 Stitch's Great Escape! Stitch (voice) Theme park attraction
2005 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Stitch Feature film
Creator
Kingdom Hearts II Stitch (English version, voice) Video game
2003—2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Stitch Television series
Experiment 627 (voice, 1 episode)
Creator
2010 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Stitch (voice) Video game
2011 Kinect: Disneyland Adventures
2020 The Croods 2 Writer Feature film

DreamWorks Dragons Filmography

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

Concept Art

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