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Chris Sanders Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Christopher Michael Sanders
Place Of Birth
Colorado Springs, USA
61 years old
Birth Date
March 12 1962

Chris Sanders Facts

Child Star?
Filmmaker, Illustrator, Voice Actor
Education & Qualifications
California Institute of the Arts
Net Worth
Current Partner
Jessica Steele-Sanders

About Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, animator, film director, and voice actor who grew up in Colorado Springs, a city in the state of Colorado in the United States of America.
Chris Sanders has been a part of the animation profession since 1984. He is presently employed at Dreamworks Animation Firm, an American animation company that creates animated films and television shows.
Chris Sanders is well-known for his work on films such as 'Lilo & Stitch', 'How To Train Your Dragon', 'The Croods', and 'The Call Of The Wild'. He co-directed and co-wrote the projects with Dean Deblois and Kirk DeMicco. He is also well-known as the voice actor of the fictitious character Stitch in the film 'Lilo & Stitch'. In 2006, Walt Disney Animation Studios forced out Chris Sanders when John Lasseter removed him as director of the 'American Dog' movie.

Chris Sanders Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Chris Sanders' net worth?

Chris Sanders' net worth lies between $1.5-3 million.

How much does Chris Sanders earn per year?

His exact income is unknown. It is estimated that he earns around $ 500,000 per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Chris Sanders?

Chris Sanders is 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall.

How old is Chris Sanders?

Chris Sanders was born on March 12, 1962. He is 60 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Chris Sanders grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He was born Christopher Michael Sanders, and he has two siblings. The ethnicity of Chris Sanders is, however, unknown. At the age of 10, he fell in love with animation after viewing Ward Kimball's animated cartoons in 'The Wonderful World of Disney'.
His narrative abilities allowed him to serve as the school newspaper cartoonist while attending Arvada High School. Sanders began drawing and applied to CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) after his grandma told him about the school's animation department. He studied character animation and received his diploma from the California Institute of the Arts in 1984.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Chris Sanders' partner?

Chris Sanders married Jessica Steele Sanders. As a mainstream British creator, Jessica has composed around 85 romance books. The two got married in 1967. However, there is speculation that the two are already divorced, and Chris is presently married to Stacie Harris. Sanders and his wife Jessica, have not verified the claims.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

After his education at the California Institute of the Arts, Sanders first worked as a character designer for the 1984 TV series 'Muppet Babies'.
In 1987, he joined the Walt Disney Company, where he worked in the visual development department. Sanders rose to the pinnacle of Disney animation after completing small work on 'The Rescuers Down Under' (1990). He worked as the production designer, artistic director, and more for the 'Lion King' (1994) and 'Beauty And The Beast' (1991). He collaborated on the storyline of the 1998 Disney animated success 'Mulan' (1998), which promoted him to the position of writing, directing, and voicing 'Lilo & Stitch' (2002). Sanders moved out of Disney in 2007 and joined DreamWork Animation.
Chris Sanders directed a film adaptation of the 1903 novel 'The Call Of The Wild' for 20th Century Fox.
Sanders created the character Stitch in 1985. He is famous for directing the movie 'Lilo & Stitch', which is now a franchise with many video games, movies, and series. The then CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner, decided to make a less expensive film and approached Sanders, who decided to use the character Stitch and eventually became the one who co-wrote and co-directed the movie 'Lilo & Stitch'.
He was the co-writer and co-director of the movies 'The Croods' and 'How To Train Your Dragon', which became box office hits and were critically acclaimed. The movies were nominated for various awards, including three Academy Awards and 19 Annie Awards.

What awards has Chris Sanders won?

Chris Sanders has been a recipient of various awards. He received his first Oscar nomination in 2003 for the movie 'Lilo and Stitch'. He was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year Award at the 2011 Academy Awards for the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon'. He was nominated along with his fellow screenwriter and director, Dean DeBlois. He was nominated in the same category again in 2013 for 'The Croods'.
He won the Annie Award twice, in 1998 and 2011, for the movies 'Mulan' and 'How to Train Your Dragon', respectively. He received nominations in 2003 and 2014 for the movies, 'Lilo & Stitch' and 'The Croods', respectively.
He also won the Most Creative 3D Film Stereoscopic Film Of The Year at the Venice Film Festival for 'How To Train Your Dragon' in 2010.

Chris Sanders' Hobbies And Interests

Chris wrote a comic titled 'Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist' with his wife, Jessica Steele Sanders. He also draws a webcomic named 'Kiskaloo'.

Other Interesting Chris Sanders Facts And Trivia

  • Sanders still plays the voice role of the character 'Stitch' in official Disney media.
  • 'The Call Of The Wild', which was Sanders' directorial debut, was his first box office failure.
  • In the movie 'The Croods' and its sequel 'The Croods: A New Age', Chris Sanders voiced the character Belt. Sanders is also known for being a voice actor for various characters in several other animated films.
  • Sanders wrote an allegorical picture book (a picture book with hidden meanings) called 'The Big Bear Aircraft Company'. It criticizes the creative process at Disney by comparing the head of the company to a big bear who wants his airplane (movie ideas) to be the same as the previous ones to make sure his company doesn't have to bear a huge loss.

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