12 Facts About Chris Buck


Chris Buck worked as a supervising animator and story artist on Pocahontas and Home on the Range.


Chris Buck has won for one Academy Award, Annie Award and BAFTA Award, and has been nominated for two Academy, two BAFTA and five Annie Awards.


Chris Buck studied character animation for two years at CalArts, where he taught from 1988 to 1993.


At CalArts, Chris Buck became friends with both John Lasseter and Michael Giaimo.


Chris Buck began his career as an animator with Disney in 1978.


Chris Buck helped design characters for the 1989 animated feature The Little Mermaid, performed experimental animation for The Rescuers Down Under and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and was an animator on The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.


Chris Buck helped develop several films at Hyperion Pictures and served as a directing animator on the feature Bebe's Kids.

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Chris Buck went on to co-direct Surf's Up at Sony Pictures Animation, which was released in June 2007.


Around September 2008, Chris Buck pitched three ideas to Lasseter, one of which was a fairytale musical version of The Snow Queen; Lasseter liked the idea and authorized Chris Buck to proceed with development.


In turn, Chris Buck persuaded Giaimo to come back to Disney to serve as the film's art director, for which Giaimo would go on to win the Annie Award for Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production.


Chris Buck is married to Shelley Rae Hinton Chris Buck, an Emmy and Oscar Award winner in sound editing.


On March 2,2014, upon accepting the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for co-directing Frozen at the 86th Academy Awards, Chris Buck dedicated the award to his son Ryder.