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Chris Miller (animator)

Chris Miller (animator)

American voice actor, animator, director, screenwriter and storyboard artist
Chris Miller (animator)
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Intro American voice actor, animator, director, screenwriter and storyboard artist
A.K.A. Christopher Miller, Christopher "Chris" Miller
Is Actor Artist Voice actor Film director Animator Screenwriter Storyboard artist
From United States of America
Type Arts Creativity Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
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Christopher "Chris" Miller is an American voice actor, animator, director, screenwriter, and storyboard artist. He is most famous for directing Shrek the Third and Puss in Boots (for which he received his first Academy Award nomination), and for voicing Kowalski the penguin in the Madagascar film series.

Early life

He studied animation at the California Institute of Arts.


Miller joined DreamWorks Animation in 1998 as a storyboard artist for the studio's first animated comedy, Antz. Miller, again working as a story artist for Shrek, also wrote additional dialogue and provided the voice of the Magic Mirror and Geppetto characters for the film. He then served as head of story for Shrek 2. Mr. Miller went on to co-direct Shrek the Third along with Raman Hui, writing the screenplay for the film, and providing the voice of the puppet master and the mascot. He also provided the voice for Kowalski in Madagascar (and its video game), The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Merry Madagascar and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

Miller has worked on a wide array of features, commercials, videos and internet projects, including a short for Steven Spielberg entitled "Steven's Dream". His commercial work includes spots for Coca-Cola, Canon, The Comedy Channel and Fila, for which he won a Clio Award for best animated commercial.

In an interview with Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life, Miller attributes his success in film to Sleeper. "I would be penniless and drunk on the corner, begging for cash, if I had not seen the film Sleeper. I guarantee you."

Miller is also a longtime collaborator with the Helios Dance Theater, for which he has created sets, films and projections on numerous occasions. His wife Laura Gorenstein Miller, is the founder and director of that same company. Chris and Laura also collaborated on Puss in Boots, for which Laura worked as a dance choreographer.


Miller with Salma Hayek at a premiere of Puss in Boots in Paris
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Thing What Lurked in the Tub Lugmeyer
Lea Press on Limbs Director
1989 The Cellar Willy Cashen
1992 Cool World Key clean-up artist
1997 Officer Buckle and Gloria Storyboard artist
1998 Antz Story artist
2001 Shrek Geppetto, Magic Mirror Story artist/additional dialogue
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Tower Guard Additional story artist
2004 Shrek 2 Humphries, Magic Mirror Head of story/additional dialogue
2005 Madagascar Kowalski Story artist
2007 Shrek the Third Puppet Master, Announcer, Mascot, Singing Villain Director/screenplay
2008 Igor Special thanks
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Kowalski
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Advisor Cole, Army Commander Jones Additional story artist
2010 Shrek Forever After Royal Messenger, Magic Mirror, Geppetto
2011 Puss in Boots Little Boy Blue, Friar Miller, Prison Guard, Manual, Rafael Director
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Kowalski
2013 Turbo Tour Bus Driver
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Kowalski
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Construction Pig
Sausage Party Special thanks
2018 Larrikins Co-director (with Tim Minchin)
TBA Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves Director


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Shrek the Halls Dialogue director
2009, 2013 Merry Madagascar Kowalski
2013 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices

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