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Mike Mitchell

Director, TROLLS
DreamWorks Animation


TROLLS – A Fuzzy Immersion

Mike Mitchell is currently directing DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, the irreverent musical being released on November 4, 2016.
Mitchell began his partnership with DreamWorks Animation in 1996. In addition to directing Shrek Forever After, the final chapter of the most successful animated franchise ever, Mitchell has advised and consulted on such films as Home, Penguins of Madagascar, Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2, Megamind, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek the Third, and Shrek 2. Further, Mitchell executive produced Kung Fu Panda 3, being released January 29, 2016.
Mitchell has directed live-action features such as The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and Sky High, a Disney movie starring Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston, and Touchstone’s Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, produced by Adam Sandler. In addition, he has directed television pilots for the Fox and ABC networks.
Mitchell’s other animation work includes writing and storyboarding for the Nickelodeon shows SpongeBob SquarePants and The Ren and Stimpy Show. He also contributed on Disney’s James and the Giant Peach, and on commercials and music videos for filmmakers such as Spike Jonze.
Mitchell has received numerous awards for his work, including the 1999 Spirit of Slamdance Award for his short film, Herd, and the Sundance Film Festival’s 1993 Best of Fest Award for his animated short, Frannie’s Christmas.