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Brenda Chapman is an American animator and film director.


Life and career

A native of the state of Illinois, Chapman studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). During her summer breaks, she began her professional career working in syndicated television animation. After graduating with a BFA in character animation, she was a story trainee on Disney's animated film The Little Mermaid. She was one of several key story artists on Disney's Beauty and the Beast, where she worked closely with future Disney director Roger Allers to define many of the key sequences and motifs used in the film. She later served as head of story for the Disney animated feature film, The Lion King, overseeing both the writers and the artists on the project. The Lion King is unique in Disney Animation history in that it is the only major animated feature produced by the studio that was not based on a previously extant story (i.e., it was conceived and developed entirely by the Disney Feature Animation team).

Chapman also worked in story and development for other Disney animated films such as The Rescuers Down Under and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She joined DreamWorks Animation at its inception in the fall of 1994, and is now working at Pixar.

She also worked on Dennis the Menace, The Real Ghostbusters, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling, the second season of Heathcliff, Chicken Run, Cars and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

Chapman was one of a team of three directors who worked on 1998's The Prince of Egypt, along with Steve Hickner and Simon Wells.

She is currently directing The Bear and the Bow for Pixar Animation Studios which will be released on Christmas 2011.[1]

Chapman is one of very few women to direct an animated feature film (others include Lotte Reiniger of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and Arna Selznick of The Care Bears Movie).

She is married to Disney director and animator Kevin Lima.

Filmography (as director)


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