|Born||1 December 1966|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter, DJ|
Andrew Ralph Adamson(born 1 December 1966) is a New Zealand film director, producer, and screenwriter based in Los Angeles, where he directed the Academy Award-winning animated films Shrek and Shrek 2. He was director, executive producer, and scriptwriter for the 2005 production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He also worked on the movies Batman Forever and Batman & Robin as a visual effects supervisor.
He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to film, in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Adamson's parents were a homemaker and a computer engineer. Born in New Zealand, Adamson moved to Papua New Guinea with his parents aged eleven, and he returned to Auckland aged eighteen. When 24, he moved to San Francisco, and divided time between there and Los Angeles. Since making the Narnia films, he has settled back in New Zealand. Adamson has two daughters. 
Adamson wanted to be an architect, but missed a university enrollment deadline because of a car accident. Andrew Adamson was recruited by Pacific Data Images to go to work in the USA. The company opened an office in the California city of Los Angeles. There he served as a technical director in the following movies: Toys (1992), starring Robin Williams, and Angels in the Outfield (1994), starring Danny Glover. Previously. Andrew specialised in ads but preferred the idea of telling a story in longer format. Andrew served as visual effects supervisor in the 1995 film Batman Forever, A Time to Kill (1996), and Batman & Robin (1997).
Adamson directed Shrek (the first installment in the series), based on the 1990 picture book written by William Steig with a modest budget of US$60 million in 2001. However, the film became a worldwide success, taking in nearly $500 million in the box office, including more than $40 million in its opening week-end. The film featured the lead voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow.
The next film in the series Shrek 2 (2004) had a big Hollywood budget of around $150 million, and was even a bigger success than the first film, taking in more than $900 million worldwide. The film opened to over $100 million, one of the highest openings ever at the time. Adamson directed this film and also wrote the story.
However, he did not direct the next film in the series, Shrek the Third, as he had been contracted by Walden Media to work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Instead, the film was directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui while Adamson served as executive producer. The script of the film was written by J. David Stem and Joe Stillman. The third film was financially successful, taking in more than $795 million worldwide with a budget of no more than $160 million, but received mixed reviews from critics.
Adamson achieved commercial success and worldwide attention with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which he co-produced, co-wrote and directed. The film is based on the book of the same name by C.S. Lewis, and won various awards, gained critical praise and was a box office success, becoming the third highest-grossing film worldwide of 2005 according to Box Office Mojo. The film opened in the US and Canada with totals of higher than $65 million and the film ended up with a worldwide gross of $744,783,957 with a budget of $180 million according to Box Office Mojo.
He returned as director to the next Narnia film: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian which had a worldwide release in May 2008 and grossed over $419 million at the box office. Adamson returned as producer of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader released in Australia on 9 December 2010, and in the United States and UK on 10 December the same year. At the moment though, 20th Century Fox and Walden Media still hold the rights to the series, and they currently retain the option to make The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair in the future. However, 20th Century Fox and Walden Media decided to produce The Magician's Nephew as the next Narnia film instead of The Silver Chair. But, in October 2011, Douglas Gresham confirmed that Walden Media's contract with the C. S. Lewis estate had expired, and any production of a future film was on hold indefinitely.
Experimental hip hop group Death Grips worked with Adamson on their 2018 album Year of the Snitch. He appears on the track "Dilemma," delivering a spoken word introduction to the song.
|2005||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Yes||Yes||Executive|
|2007||Shrek the Third||No||Story||Executive|
|The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||No||No||Executive|
|The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||No||No||Yes|
|2011||Puss In Boots||No||No||Executive|
|Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1993||Heart and Souls||Animation supervisor|
|1994||Angels in the Outfield||Visual effects supervisor|
|1996||The Frighteners||Digital effects supervisor|
|A Time to Kill||Visual effects supervisor|
|1997||Batman & Robin|
|2000||Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes||Grip|
|2001||Shrek||Voice of Duloc Mascot, Songwriter: Merry Men|
|Pâté||Grip; short film|
|2004||Shrek 2||Voice of Captain of the Guards, Songwriter: Fairy Godmother's Song|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Additional screenplay material|
|2012||Mirror Mirror||Very special thanks|
|2014||The Dark Horse||Special thanks|
|2020||Prop Culture||Himself, Episode: "The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe"|
Adamson has directed films which have received several accolades. Shrek won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the National Board of Review Award for Best Animated Film. Shrek 2 won the People's Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Comedy, Favorite Sequel, and Favorite Animated Movie. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, the BAFTA Award for Best Makeup and Hair, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Family Film, and the Saturn Awards for Best Make-up and Best Special Effects.