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Rob Minkoff

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Robert R "Rob" Minkoff born August 11, 1962 is an American filmmaker1 He is known for directing the double Academy Award–winning animated feature The Lion King along with Roger Allers


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 41 Director
    • 42 Producer
    • 43 Writer
    • 44 Animator
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early lifeedit

Minkoff was born on August 11, 1962 in Palo Alto, California He studied at Palo Alto High School and graduated from California Institute of the Arts in the early 1980s in the Character Animation department While he was working his way through CalArts, he was hired by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1983 as an in-between artist for The Black Cauldron 1985 He was then a supervising animator for The Great Mouse Detective 1986, before being a character designer for The Brave Little Toaster 1987 He also wrote the song "Good Company" for Oliver & Company 1988, before becoming a character animator for The Little Mermaid 1989 He then became a director for two Roger Rabbit shorts called Tummy Trouble 1989 and Roller Coaster Rabbit 1990 and was a part of a pre-production script development for Beauty and the Beast 1991 He also directed a Mickey Mouse short, which was shown at Disney-MGM Studios, called Mickey's Audition 1992


Minkoff got his big break when he directed the Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film The Lion King 1994 alongside Roger Allers Since then, he has directed his first live-action movies Stuart Little 1999 Stuart Little 2 2002, which were a mix of live action and computer animation, and then some fully live action movies like The Haunted Mansion 2003, The Forbidden Kingdom 2008 and Flypaper 2011

He participates as a member of the jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City film festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 182

He directed DreamWorks Animation's computer-animated film Mr Peabody & Sherman34 He is also attached to direct the fantasy action adventure Chinese Odyssey5 As of 2014, he is producing Blazing Samurai, an animated family film inspired by Blazing Saddles and scheduled for a 2017 release67 Minkoff is also a director on the upcoming 2017 animated Netflix original animated series of the late Anna Dewdney picture book franchise Llama Llama and will oversee all aspects of production8

Personal lifeedit

Minkoff married Crystal Kung on September 29, 20079 They met in 2003 at a party in Minkoff's office9

Kung is a 76th-generation descendant of Confucius, and has a brother, Jeffrey Kung,9 a Chinese singer and radio VJ

Minkoff is Jewish10

In 2012, Minkoff and his wife welcomed a son1112



  • Tummy Trouble 1989
  • Roller Coaster Rabbit 1990
  • The Lion King 1994
  • Stuart Little 1999
  • Stuart Little 2 2002 also executive producer
  • The Haunted Mansion 2003 also executive producer
  • The Forbidden Kingdom 2008
  • Leverage 2009 1 episode
  • Aftermath 2010 unknown episodes, also producer
  • Flypaper 2011
  • Mr Peabody & Sherman 20143413 also voiced Creepy Kid
  • Chinese Odyssey TBA also producer14


  • Trail Mix-Up 1993
  • Stuart Little 2003
  • The Mr Peabody and Sherman Show 2015-present executive producer
  • Blazing Samurai 2017
  • Wolf Totem TBA 15
  • Silkworms TBA15


  • Oliver & Company 1988 music/lyrics: "Good Company"
  • Tummy Trouble 1989 story
  • Beauty and the Beast 1991 pre-production script development
  • Trail Mix-Up 1993 story


  • The Black Cauldron 1985
  • The Great Mouse Detective 1986
  • Sport Goofy in Soccermania 1987
  • Amazing Stories 1987 1 episode
  • The Brave Little Toaster 1987 Character Designer
  • Technological Threat 1988
  • The Little Mermaid 1989


  1. ^ Rob Minkoff's bio
  2. ^ NYICFF Jury
  3. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation Announces Feature Film Release Slate Through 2014" Press release DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc 2011-03-08 Retrieved 2011-03-08 
  4. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation Pushes Back Release for 'Mr Peabody & Sherman'" The Hollywood Reporter February 5, 2013 Retrieved February 6, 2013 
  5. ^ Fernandez, Jay A 2010-10-14 "Rob Minkoff sets sail for 'Chinese Odyssey'" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 2011-07-26 
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick February 5, 2015 "Open Road Acquires Toon 'Blazing Samurai' For 2017 Release" Deadline Retrieved May 2, 2015 
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas November 6, 2014 "GFM rides with Blazing Samurai" Screen Daily Retrieved May 2, 2015 
  8. ^ "Llama Llama bible" PDF Genius Brands September 13, 2017 Retrieved September 13, 2017 
  9. ^ a b c Knox Beckius, Kim 2007 "A Leading Lady - Crystal Kung and Rob Minkoff" Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Retrieved February 11, 2014 
  10. ^ Rachel X Landes "Meet the 3 Jews Who Made 'The Lion King' Possible" 
  11. ^ Desowitz, Bill July 19, 2013 "Immersed in Movies: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Wows Comic-Con" Animation Scoop Retrieved July 20, 2013 Minkoff then admitted that he is now the father of a 10-month-old son and that the movie has special meaning with the bonding of father and son 
  12. ^ Churnin, Nancy March 4, 2014 "Mr Peabody director Rob Minkoff stops in Dallas, talks movies that move him" The Dallas Morning News Retrieved November 14, 2014 
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela June 11, 2012 "Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney Join Voice Cast of 'Mr Peabody & Sherman' Exclusive" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved June 12, 2012 
  14. ^ Fernandez, Jay A October 14, 2010 "Rob Minkoff sets sail for 'Chinese Odyssey'" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved July 26, 2011 
  15. ^ a b Mercedes Milligan "Le Vision, Rob Minkoff Partner for Animated Wolf Totem" animationmagazinenet Retrieved December 10, 2016 

External linksedit

  • Twitter
  • Official Tumblr
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Rob Minkoff on IMDb
  • Rob Minkoff at the TCM Movie Database

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