9 Directors Who Went From Animation to Live-Action Feature Films

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9 Directors Who Went From Animation to Live-Action Feature Films

9 Directors Who Went From Animation to Live-Action Feature Films

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While there’s a big difference animation and live-action filmmaking, sometimes directors make the shift from one to another. Here are 9 directors who made the leap from animation to live-action.

  1. Brad Bird. Brad Bird is one of Pixar’s brightest stars with movies like The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He took the leap from animation to live-action with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2011. His new live-action movie Tomorrowland hits theaters on May 22, 2015.
  2. Tim Burton. He worked as an animator for the Walt Disney Company during the 80s. Burton worked on The Fox and The Hound and The Black Cauldron, but he moved to live-action filmmaking with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985.
  3. Karey Kirkpatrick. He worked on James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, and Over the Hedge, before directing Eddie Murphy in Imagine That in 2009.
  4. Phil Lord & Chris Miller. Lord & Miller are two of the hottest directors in Hollywood today with the 21 Jump Street franchise. Before they directed the action/comedy, the pair made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and later The LEGO Movie.
  5. Andrew Adamson. Before he directed the first Chronicles of Narnia movies for Disney, he co-directed Shrek and Sherk 2 for DreamWorks.
  6. Vicky Jenson. She co-directed Shrek with Adamson before taking on A Shark’s Tale. Jenson made the leap to live-action filmmaking with Post Grad with Alexis Blede in 2009.
  7. Jimmy Hayward. Hayward directed Dr. Seuss’s With Horton Hears A Who! in 2008 before he took the dreaded Jonah Hex in 2010. Sadly, Hayward hasn’t directed a live-action movie since, but returned to animated with Free Birds in 2013.
  8. Rob Minkoff. He worked on the Roger Rabbit short films and co-directed The Lion King for Disney, before he made the leap to live-action with the Stuart Little movies. Minkoff eventually directed The Haunted Manson and the kung-fu movie Forbidden Kingdom with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in 2008.
  9. Andrew Stanton. While he directed Finding Nemo and Wall-E for Pixar, Andrew Stanton’s turn in live-action didn’t do as well as his Pixar counterpart Brad Bird. Stanton directed John Carter of Mars in 2012 and has returned to live-action moviemaking. Instead, the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17, 2016.
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