Creator / Chris Sanders
Christopher Michael "Chris" Sanders (born March 12, 1962) is an animation director, story artist, comic strip artist, illustrator and voice actor, noted for his distinctive art style and managing to earn massive success with two of the biggest animation companies today: Disney
and DreamWorks Animation
. He worked extensively with the former during The Renaissance Age of Animation
, and achieved success with directing partner Dean DeBlois on his brainchild, Lilo & Stitch
, and has also been the voice of almost
every appearance of Stitch. In 2006 however, he left the company after being removed as the director of American Dog
(which would later become Bolt
) and went to work with Disney's greatest rival—DreamWorks—teaming up once again with DeBlois to work on How to Train Your Dragon
, his biggest financial and critical success to date.
You can visit his blog here
, his Twitter
, and DeviantArt
Productions that he worked on or played a role in:
- Garfield: His 9 Lives (1988): Styling — "Diana's Piano" segment
- The Rescuers Down Under (1990): Character designer, storyboard artist, visual development
- Beauty and the Beast (1991): Visual development and story artist
- The Lion King (1994): Story artist, production designer
- Runaway Brain (1995): Additional storyboard artist
- Mulan (1998): Screenwriter, voice of Little Brother
- Lilo & Stitch (2002): Director, writer, character designer, voice of Stitch
- Stitch! The Movie (2003): Voice of Stitch
- The Lion King 1½ (2004): Voice of Stitch (cameo)
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005): Voice of Stitch
- Leroy & Stitch (2006): Voice of title characters
- How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Director, screenwriter
- The Croods (2013): Director, screenwriter, voice of Belt
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014): Executive producer
- The Croods 2 (2017): Director, screenwriter, voice of Belt
Video Games (all as the voice of Stitch)
Tropes in his work:
- Author Appeal: Curved lines, Hawaiian themes, long-legged and busty women, adequately attractive men, huge alien spaceships, cute animals (whom he more often or not voices), long, flowing hair, and coffee, to name a few things that he really likes, and often appear in his works.
- Art Evolution: Compare Lilo & Stitch to his more recent works, or even Kiskaloo. His proportions have become a lot more cartoony, and it's somehow become easier to count the straight lines in his work. His general skill has also improved greatly, and he has posted a very long tutorial on DeviantArt about how he made one drawing.
- Awesome Art: To put it simply, he's a really, really good artist. Then again, drawing for 40 or so years probably has a part to play.
- Bleached Underpants: You'd be surprised; then again, some of his characters, female or male are all pretty good examples of being fanservicey in kids' movies.
- Fanservice: Half of his DeviantArt gallery has a "mature content" block over it. The other half is composed of his slightly more SFW drawings of women.
- Hartman Hips: A lot of his drawings have women with curvy, sexy legs. Their upper bodies are more akin to stick bugs. Also tend to dip into bustiness being thrown into the mix.
- Orphaned Series: His webcomic Kiskaloo hasn't been updated since 2008.
- Not necessarily; while it hasn't updated in several years, Sanders often makes posts about it, and Volume #2 is being worked on. Then again, working on two movies consecutively drained him. Long story short, he said he's been ready to draw again since December of 2013-ish, and that he has been working on it; he also posts character concepts on his Facebook profile.
- Pigeon Holed Voice Actor: He usually plays a cute, fuzzy animal.
- Puni Plush: His primary art style. Over the years, it's gathered some traits of anime-influences, likely because of his occasional trips to Japan. Stitch is basically Japan's Mickey Mouse.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Stitch is but one example.
- She's Got Legs: Most of his female characters have nice legs. Very long, curvy legs, to be precise.
- Show, Don't Tell: Unlike most Western animated fare for children, his films include some remarkably subtle scenes where characters can just act without talking more than a handful of lines, if at all. Used to great effect in How to Train Your Dragon.
- Tsurime Eyes: Post-Lilo & Stitch, where 90% of the characters were of Polynesian descent, he's kept that particular feature in all of his drawings.