Director Brenda Chapman leaves Pixar for Lucasfilm

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Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman

The first American woman to direct an animated feature film from a major studio has left Pixar to become a consultant for Lucasfilm Animation.

Brenda Chapman, a director of DreamWorks’ The Prince Of Egypt (1998), left Pixar as of the end of July.

She began at Pixar when Cars was in production, and created the story behind this year’s Brave. She was Brave‘s first director, letting Mark Andrews take on the job in the final stages of production.

Story supervisor for 1994’s The Lion King, she provided story work for Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Fantasia/2000 (1991). As well, she did additional story for Chicken Run (2000).

Chapman was unable to provide any details about the project that Lucasfilm Animation is working on.

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