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Christopher "Chris" Williams is an American screenwriter, director and animator working at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The young filmmaker is perhaps most known for the Oscar nominated 2008 animated feature Bolt, but he has also worked on several other projects, including but not limited to: Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove and Brother Bear. He also voiced Oaken in the 2013 Disney animated feature Frozen, and co-directed the 2014 Disney animated feature Big Hero 6.  

Early Life & Career

Williams was born in Missouri and spent the first 25 years in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where his father taught psychology courses at the University of Waterloo. After graduating from the animation program at Sheridan College, he was recruited by Disney, and moved to Los Angeles.

Williams previously worked in the story department for Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, and Bolt, in which he later directed with Byron Howard, both of them replacing Chris Sanders as the original director. Williams co-directed (with Don Hall) the animated film, Big Hero 6, inspired by the Marvel Comics of the same name.

He is set to direct the upcoming animated feature film, King of the Elves, based on the story by Philip K. Dick.

Working on Bolt

Chris Williams started working on the feature film Bolt in 2007 with Byron Howard, shortly after that, Chris Sanders had been released and John Lasseter had taken over the project. During the production of Bolt, Chris Williams focused mostly on the story whereas the other director, Byron Howard, was mostly concerned with the design and animation. Both Chris Williams and Byron Howard worked very closely with John Lasseter at the time, and the movie, which marked a milestone in Disney Animation as the first critically acclaimed animated feature from the studio in almost ten years, was released on the 24th of November, 2008.

Feature Film Filmography

Year Film Position Company
1998 Mulan Story Walt Disney Animation Studios
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Story/Story Artist
2002 Lilo & Stitch Story Supervisor
2003 Brother Bear Additional Story/Additional Story Material
2005 Chicken Little Story Artist
Kronk's New Groove Characters (Uncredited) DisneyToon Studios
2007 Meet the Robinsons Additional Story Artist Walt Disney Animation Studios
2008 Bolt Director/Screenplay/Additional Voices
2010 Tangled Additional Story Artist
2012 Wreck-It Ralph
2013 Frozen Story Artist/Voice Actor (Oaken)
2014 Big Hero 6 Director/Creative Leadership: Walt Disney Animation Studios
2016 Zootopia Additional Story Artist
Moana Co-Director/Story

Animated Shorts Filmography

Year Film Position Company
2008 Glago's Guest Writer Walt Disney Animation Studios
2009 Super Rhino Executive Producer
Prep & Landing Based on a Story/Executive Producer
2012 Paperman Special Thanks
2015 Frozen Fever Voice Actor (Oaken)
2017 Gone Fishing Co-Director

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In the Past
Disney's Nine Old Men: Milt KahlFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonLes ClarkJohn LounsberyMarc DavisWard KimballEric LarsonWolfgang Reitherman

Animators: Bill TytlaArt BabbittPreston BlairEd LoveFred MooreShamus CulhaneCy YoungDon LuskNorman FergusonHal KingJack HannahJack Kinney • Cliff Nordberg • Bob Carlson • Hal AmbroKen O'BrienJudge WhitakerEric CleworthHarvey Toombs • Marvin Woodward • Bill Justice • Jerry Hathcock • Hugh Fraser • Clair Weeks • Don BluthGary Goldman • Berny Wolf • Don Towsley • Norman Tate • John Bradbury • Lynn Karp • Charles A. Nichols • Art Palmer • Joshua Meador • Don Tobin • Robert Martsch • George Rowley • John McManus • Don Patterson • John Elliotte • Phil Duncan • George Kreisel • John Freeman • Jack Campbell • Ed Aardal • Blaine Gibson • Ken Hultgren • Fred Kopietz • George Nicholas • Bob Youngquist • John Kennedy • Henry Tanous • Dick Lucas • John Sibley • John EwingWalt StanchfieldFred Hellmich • Blaine Gibson • Julius Svendsen • Bill Keil • Andy Paliwoda
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary Blair • David Hall • Joe GrantCampbell GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn Hench • Art Riley • Eyvind Earle • Thelma Witmer • Al Dempster • Dick Anthony • Don Griffith • Ralph Hulett • Ray Huffine • Art Landy • Brice Mack • Al Zinnen • Ken O'Connor • Charles Philippi • McLaren Stewart • Tom Codrick • Hugh Hennesy • Lance Nolley • Thor PutnamAlbert Hurter • John Miller • Martin Provensen • John Walbridge • Dick Kelsey • Kay Nielsen • Terrell Stapp • John Hubley • Merle Cox • Ray Huffine • Mac Stewart • Jimi Trout • Basil Davidovich • Jack Hubler • Erni Nordli • Victor Haboush • Homer Jonas • Ray Aragon • Frank Artimage • Walt Peregoy • Bill Layne • Fil Mottola • Richard H. Thomas • Dale Barnhart • Anthony Rizzo • Sylvia Roemer
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Ted SearsBill PeetRalph Wright • Erdman Penner • Winston Hibler • Joe Rinaldi • Milt Banta • Bill Cottrell • Webb Smith • Aurelius Battaglia • Otto Englander • Joseph Sabo • Dick Huemer • Tom Oreb • Del Connell • Floyd Norman
Directors: Clyde GeronimiHamilton LuskeWilfred JacksonBill RobertsJack KinneyBen SharpsteenArt StevensTed BermanRichard Rich
Producers: Walt DisneyWinston HiblerRon MillerJoe HaleKen Anderson

In the Renaissance, the Present and the Revival
Renaissance Directors: Rob MinkoffRoger AllersGary TrousdaleKirk WiseChris SandersMark Dindal

Story Trust Directors: Ron ClementsJohn MuskerChris BuckByron HowardDon HallChris WilliamsRich MooreStephen J. AndersonNathan GrenoJennifer Lee
Producers: Peter Del VechoClark SpencerRoy ConliDorothy McKimDon Hahn
Executive Producers: John Lasseter
Associated Figures: Bob IgerRoy Edward DisneyMichael EisnerEd CatmullJeffrey Katzenberg
Signature Voice Actors: Jim CummingsAlan TudykKatie LowesMaurice LaMarcheDavid Ogden StiersJesse CortiPaul BriggsRaymond S. PersiPhil JohnstonFrank WelkerBill Farmer
Signature Musicians: Sherman Brothers Robert B. Sherman Richard Sherman Alan Menken Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert LopezLin-Manuel MirandaHoward AshmanTim RiceStephen Schwartz
Supervising Animators: Glen KeaneAndreas DejaRandy HaycockAlex KupershmidtAnthony DeRosaEric GoldbergMark HennJohn PomeroyT. Daniel HofstedtTony BancroftTom BancroftTony FucileRuss EdmondsDuncan MarjoribanksRuben AquinoNik RanieriRon HusbandRick Farmiloe
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Paul Felix • Andy Gaskill • Dean DeBlois • Lorna Cook • Bill Schwab • Lisa KeeneClaire Keane • Chen Yi-Chang • Vance Gerry • Brittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimCory LoftisLeo Matsuda