Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter and Animation Director
Chris Jenkins has contributed his talents to an impressive roster of projects during his 30-year career in animation, producing and writing. He joined Sony Pictures Animation in
2002 and played a critical role in launching the division’s inaugural film, Open Season. After establishing Open Season, Jenkins turned his attention to Surf’s Up, creating the storyline, characters and the innovative approach of an animated mockumentary. Surf’s Up rode the 2007 Awards Season wave culminating in an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Picture.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures Animation, Chris spent most of his professional life at Walt Disney Feature Animation. He was artistic coordinator on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, visual effects supervisor on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and supervising effects animator/designer on Pocahontas, all positions that were central to the overall look and atmosphere of those popular movies. He also was an effects animator on Hercules, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Touchstone Pictures’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
From 2000 to 2002 Chris took his production and story experience into the development department at Walt Disney Feature animation, where amongst other projects, he created characters and storylines for what would ultimately become Gnomeo and Juliet.
At Blue Sky animation from 2009 to 2010, Chris helped mold the story for RIO, and back at Sony 2010, Chris worked on Hotel Transylvania, inventing characters and scenes that would become integral to that successful franchise. In 2011 Chris joined DreamWorks Animation, where he produced the short Almost Home starring Steve Martin, and Home released in 2015. starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin.
Joining Original Force Animation in 2015, Chris wrote and directed Duck Duck Goose, starring Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Carl Reiner and Steven Fry. As of August 2018, the movie had become a runaway hit on Netflix, with over 10 million downloads in the first 30 days.
Currently, Chris is writing and developing TBA properties with Blue Sky Animation, Unified Pictures and Henson Studios. A native of Wales UK, Jenkins has a BA in scientific illustration from Middlesex University in England, and plays both trumpet and guitar - though not at the same time.