|Chris Buck Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||February 24, 1958|
|Spouse||Shelley Rae Hinton Buck|
Chris Buck is an American film director and writer. He is known for co-directing Tarzan (1999), Surf’s Up (2007) (which was nominated for the 2007 Oscar for “Best Animated Feature”), Frozen (2013) (which won the Oscar for “Best Animated Feature” in 2014), and Frozen II (2019). He has also been a part of projects like Ralph Breaks the Internet, Raya and the Last Dragon, Zootopia, The Rescuers Down Under, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Little Mermaid, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, Bébé’s Kids, Moana, Sport Goofy in Soccermania, The Thing What Lurked in the Tub, Frankenweenie, Fun with Mr. Future, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Once Upon a Snowman, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures, Family Dog, Amazing Stories, and Box-Office Bunny.
Christopher James Buck
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Chris Buck studied at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. Then, he attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and studied character animation for 2 years
6 ft or 183 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Chris Buck has dated –
- Shelley Rae Hinton Buck – He is married to Shelley Rae Hinton Buck, an Emmy and Oscar Award winner in sound editing. Their oldest son Ryder died at the age of 23 on October 27, 2013, in a car collision when he was hit by two cars after his car broke down on the Glendale Freeway. They have 2 more sons, namely, Woody and Reed.
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Salt and Pepper
Chris Buck Facts
- The first film he ever saw in a movie theatre as a child was Disney’s animated musical fantasy Pinocchio and it inspired him to explore animation.
- During his time at CalArts, Chris Buck became friends with both John Lasseter and Michael Giaimo, whom he would work with many years later on Frozen
- In 1978, he began his career as an animator with Disney.
- Chris Buck taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) from 1988 to 1993.
- His oldest son, Ryder, was a singer and songwriter who performed in his band Ryder Buck and the Breakers. At the time of his death, Ryder had been recovering from a year-long battle with Stage 4 testicular cancer. Upon accepting the Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature” for co-directing Frozen at the 86th Academy Awards, Buck dedicated the award to his son Ryder.
- The tragic demise of his son was an inspiration for the song The Next Right Thing in Frozen II as well as a character named “Ryder”.
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