Kris Pearn


  • Jacob Two Two
  • 6Teen
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
  • The Ripping Friends
  • Open Season
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs


  • Annie Award for his work on Open Season


Kris Pearn

Kris has worked for many years as a Storyboard artist in Television and Feature Animation in both the United States and Canada. Born on a farm in Southwestern Ontario, Kris attended Sheridan College and studied Classical Animation, graduating in 1996. From there he worked in Toronto and Ottawa as a freelance Animator, Layout Artist, Background and Character Designer. Moving to Phoenix Arizona, Kris worked for 20th Century Fox Feature Animation studios on projects such as Anastasia, Bartok the Magnificent, and Titan A.E. While living in the desert, he trained as an Animator but eventually made the switch to pre-production to follow his lifelong ambition to become a Story Artist. 

Following the career of a Storyboard Artist, he moved back to Toronto after the studio in Phoenix closed, and worked on many TV productions such as Rescue Heroes, Jacob Two Two, Franklin, Braceface, Handy Manny, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, King Weirdo, and The Ripping Friends to name a few. 

In 2003, Kris moved back to the U.S. to work at Sony Pictures Animation. During his time at Sony, he worked as a Story Artist on Open Season and Surf's Up. Kris was nominated for an Annie Award for his work on Open Season. He was Head of Story on Sony's Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and Co-Directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, his first Director credit, for which he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature. In 2011, Kris was nominated for an Annie Award for Storyboarding in a Feature Production for his storyboarding work on Arthur Christmas. Kris continued his work as a Storyboard Artist on films like The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Shaun the Sheep (2015), Open Season: Scared Silly (2015), and Early Man (2018). In 2020, Kris Co-Wrote and Directed the Netflix animated feature, The Willoughbys.


As well as working professionally in the Animation industry for over twenty years, he has also taught at Sheridan College in the Classical Animation program (and had a lot of fun while being on the other side of the desk), and illustrated the book Project Superhero, written by E. Paul Zehr.

Kris lives with his wife and two children in Southern California. He likes cowboy movies and good zombie flicks.

Courses By Kris Pearn

  • Storyboarding


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