Director Chris Renaud has established himself as a heavyweight in the world of animation following the phenomenal box office success of recent movies « Moi, moche et méchant » (2010) and « Dr. Seuss’ Le Lorax » (2012). Renaud comes from the world of comic books, and worked at Marvel and DC Comics from 1994 to 2000. After a stint as a animation production designer at Shadow Projects and Big Big Productions, Renaud moved to Blue Sky Studios/20th Century Fox Animation. While there, he worked as a story artist on projects like « Dr. Seuss’ Horton » (2008) and « L’âge de glace 3: Le temps des dinosaures » (2009). Renaud took some of the skills he was learning at Blue Sky and conceived, wrote and storyboarded the animated short « No Time for Nuts » (2006), which featured the popular Ice Age character Scrat. It wound up scoring an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film, Animated, and won Renaud a Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject. In 2007, producer Christopher Meledandri left his post as head of 20th Century Fox animation and founded Illumination Entertainment, and soon after brought Renaud on board to direct that company’s first project. « Moi, moche et méchant » (2010), which Renaud directed with Pierre Coffin, went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of 2010 with over $251 million at the domestic box office. Renaud went on to direct the company’s next fully animated project, « Dr. Seuss’ Le Lorax » (2012), which was also a huge hit with over $214 million. Renaud and Coffin are currently directing « Moi, moche et méchant 2 » (2013), which is scheduled to open over the Fourth of July weekend in 2013.
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