Christopher Matthew Miller (born January 20, 1968) is an American animator, voice actor, director, screenwriter, and storyboard artist employed by DreamWorks Animation. He is most known 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.
Christopher Matthew Miller
January 20, 1968
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Animator, actor, voice actor, director, screenwriter|
|Employer(s)||DreamWorks Animation (1998–2018)|
Reel FX Animation Studios (2018–2022)
Paramount Animation (2022–present)
|Notable work||Shrek the Third|
Puss in Boots
Miller was born on January 20, 1968, in Washington, D.C. He studied animation at the California Institute of Arts.
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."
In 2011, Miller directed Puss in Boots, a spin-off and sequel to the Shrek franchise. His wife, Laura Gorenstein Miller, worked as a dance choreographer.
|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|
|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|
|Shark Tale||Additional storyboard artist|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Puppet Master, Announcer, Mascot, Singing Villain||Director/screenplay|
|2008||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|
|2017||The Boss Baby||Captain Ross|
|Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Nobel Audience Member|
|2025||Untitled Smurfs Animated Musical||Director|
|TBA||Untitled Wish Project||Director|
|2007||Shrek the Halls||Dialogue director|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb||Additional Voices|
- ^ Belloni, Matthew (December 22, 2011). "THR's Animation Roundtable: 7 Top Filmmakers Debate R-Rated Toons and If 'Tintin' Should Be Eligible for Ani Oscar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
- ^ Miller, Chris. Interview by Robert K. Elder. The Film That Changed My Life. By Robert K. Elder. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2011. N. p244. Print.
- ^ skwiglymagazine (November 13, 2012). "Puss in Boots - Dance Off Scene 2011 - UK release (HD)". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- ^ Giardina, Carolyn (June 14, 2022). "'Puss in Boots' Filmmaker to Direct Smurfs Movie For Paramount and Nickelodeon (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
- ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 28, 2018). "'Puss In Boots' Director Chris Miller To Helm Reel FX's Next Animated Pic". Deadline. Retrieved April 17, 2019.