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Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation where she worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000. Chapman was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award.Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she co-directed the 1998 release of the Oscar-winning Prince of Egypt – the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio, for which she won the Movieguide Epiphany and Teddy Awards.

She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 as a senior story artist on Cars. Chapman then created, wrote and directed Brave for which she won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Other awards include the Novus Creative Catalyst Award, the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival’s Feature Animation Honoree Award, and the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival Achievement Award.

Chapman has helped to develop and consult on films for several studios over many years which include not only Disney, DreamWorks, and Pixar, but also Universal, Sony, and Lucasfilm.

Currently, Chapman is writing, directing and producing several projects in different stages of development while starting up a production company with her husband, Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Tarzan, Enchanted), with the aim of producing family entertainment – animated, live-action, as well as hybrid films. She has been engaged to write a Chinese-financed/American made feature animated film – working title Blossom – for Blossom Entertainment. Chapman and Lima are also writing an adaptation of the stage show 13: The Musical for CBS Films.

Chapman resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brenda Chapman – You INSPIRE Us!

Photo Credit: Deborah Coleman, Pixar photographer

Brenda Chapman, Writer/Director

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