Daniel Chong (born November 19, 1978) is an American animator, writer, director, and producer. He is best known as the creator of Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears (2015–2019). He also directed, wrote and executive produced We Bare Bears: The Movie (2020).
|Born||November 19, 1978|
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
|Known for||We Bare Bears|
Chong was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He was born to Singaporean Chinese immigrants and attended California Institute of the Arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Chong began his career as a storyboard artist for numerous animation giants, such as Blue Sky Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Illumination Entertainment, and Pixar Animation Studios. He worked as a storyboard artist on the animated films Bolt (2008), Cars 2 (2011), The Lorax (2012), Free Birds (2013), Despicable Me 2 (2013), and Inside Out (2015).
Chong went on to create the animated series We Bare Bears, which premiered in 2014. The initial idea for We Bare Bears came from a webcomic that he had created in 2010 called The Three Bare Bears. The webcomic ended almost a year later, but he carried the idea with him. Chong has cited Seinfeld, Broad City, Peanuts, Aardman Animations and Wes Anderson as inspirations for the style and tone of the show. Chong directed, wrote, and executive produced a film adaptation of the series, We Bare Bears: The Movie, which was released in June 2020, thus ending the series.
In December 2020, Chong revealed on Twitter he had returned to Pixar and was working on a project there.
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Uncredited|
|2020||We Bare Bears: The Movie||Yes||Also director, writer and executive producer|
|2010–2011||Mater's Tall Tales||Yes||Yes||3 episodes|
|2013||Toy Story of Terror!||Yes||No||Television special|
|2014||Toy Story That Time Forgot||Yes||No||Television special|
|2014–2019||We Bare Bears||Yes||Yes||Also creator and executive producer|
|2022||We Baby Bears||No||No||Executive producer|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Toy Story of Terror||Won|
|2016||BAFTA Children's Awards||Best International||We Bare Bears||Won|
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Short Form Animated Program||Nominated|
- "Interview with Daniel Chong, creator of We Bare Bears". Animac Magazine. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
- DeVoe, Elise (July 23, 2015). "A Q&A with We Bare Bears Creator Daniel Chong". Time Warner.
- "We Bare Bears The Movie will now be available starting Tuesday 6/30... Available on Apple, Google Play, Amazon! (USA and CA only)". Twitter. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- @threebarebears (11 December 2020). "WELP guess there's no hiding it now- Happy to be back and developing something @Pixar!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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