A native of Wichita, Kansas, Chris Buck made his feature directing debut with Disney's blockbuster animated feature, Tarzan
Having studied character animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), one of Buck's first major jobs was as an animator on the Disney movie The Fox and the Hound
(1981). Work on films such as Oliver & Company
(1988) and The Little Mermaid
(1989) followed, and he received an Annie nomination for Best Individual Achievement for Animation for creating Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas
He performed experimental animation for The Rescuers Down Under
and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
, and worked as a supervising animator on Walt Disney
Pictures' 2004 feature Home on the Range
Other accomplishments include a stint at Hyperion Pictures, where Buck helped develop several films and served as a directing animator on the feature Bebe's Kids
. He also joined creative forces with director Tim Burton
to help storyboard Disney's live-action featurette Frankenweenie
. Buck later worked with Burton again as directing animator on the Brad Bird
-directed "Family Dog" episode of Steven Spielberg
's Amazing Stories
and as director of the subsequent primetime animated series.
Buck's career also spans a number of animated commercials (including some with the Keebler elves) and he also taught character animation classes at CalArts.
More recently, he co-directed the animated feature Surf's Up
(2007) with Ash Brannon
. The movie features penguins competing in a world surfing championship.