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Christopher "Chris" Williams is an American screenwriter, director and animator working at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The young filmmaker is perhaps most known for the Oscar nominated 2008 animated feature Bolt, but he has also worked on several other projects, including but not limited to: Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove and Brother Bear. He also voiced Oaken in the 2013 Disney animated feature Frozen, and co-directed the 2014 Disney animated feature Big Hero 6.

Chris Williams has worked in the story department in Walt Disney Animation Studios, however Bolt marked the first time for him as a director working together Byron Howard. Chris Williams is currently working on an upcoming animated feature film called King of the Elves, based on the story by Philip Dick with the same name.

Early life

Williams was born in Missouri and spent the first 25 years in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where his father taught psychology courses at the University of Waterloo. After graduating from the animation program at Sheridan College, he was recruited by Disney, and moved to Los Angeles.


Williams previously worked in the story department for Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, and Bolt, in which he later directed with Byron Howard, both of them replacing Chris Sanders as the original director. Williams co-directed (with Don Hall) the animated film, Big Hero 6, inspired by the Marvel Comics of the same name.

He is set to direct the upcoming animated feature film, King of the Elves, based on the story by Philip K. Dick.

Working with Bolt

Chris Williams started working on the feature film Bolt in 2007, shortly after that Chris Sanders had been released and John Lasseter had taken over the project. During the production of Bolt, Chris Williams focused mostly on the story whereas the other director, Byron Howard, was mostly concerned with the design and animation. Both Chris Williams and Byron Howard worked very closely with John Lasseter at the time, and the movie, which marked a milestone in Disney Animation as the first critically acclaimed animated feature from the studio in almost ten years, was released on the 24th of November, 2008.


  • Glago's Guest (2008) (director)
  • Bolt (2008) (co-director with Byron Howard, writer, additional voices)
  • Frozen (2013) (story artist, voice of Oaken)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014) (co-director with Don Hall, story by, )
  • Moana (2016) (co-director with Don Hall, story by, Creative Leadership)
  • King of the Elves (TBA) (director)