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Steve Hickner
OccupationAnimator, director
Years active1981–present
EmployerDreamWorks Animation
Notable work
The Prince of Egypt
Bee Movie
AwardsCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature
The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Steve Hickner is an American animator and director at DreamWorks Animation.[1] He is best known for directing the DreamWorks animated films such as The Prince of Egypt and Bee Movie.[2][3] He won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature and was also nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature for his work on The Prince of Egypt.


Hickner's High School English teacher during the seventies was the first person to suggest he go into the animation profession.[4] This inspired him to create an animated film after school, which he has described as "terrible" and moving "crazy fast."[4] At first he aspired to become a cartoonist, but later decided to become an animator, with his biggest influences being Walt Disney and the Warner Brothers.[4] After high school, he went to the New York University Film school where he studied Film Production B.F.A.[4] While in school he contacted, and was hired by a man named dKay Wright.[4] He has spent over thirty-five years working at DreamWorks, Disney, Amblimation, Aardman, Hanna-Barbera and Filmation. He has produced the films, An American Tail II: Fievel Goes West, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and Balto. His directing credits include Bee Movie and The Prince of Egypt. He also contributed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, The Great Mouse Detective, Madagascar, Shrek Forever After, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Home.[5] Hockney has contributed to location-based entertainment projects in Singapore, Dubai, China, London, and Hollywood. He has been a guest speaker at many colleges and universities, film festivals and animation events.[5] Also, he wrote the books Animation Rules! 52 Ways to Achieve Creative Success and Animating Your Career. [5]



Year Title Notes
1981 The New Adventures of Zorro storyboard artist
Blackstar storyboard artist
1982 Pac-Man story director
1983 The Dukes story director
1983-1985 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe storyboard artist
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday story artist


Year Title Notes
1985 The Black Cauldron in between artist
1986 The Great Mouse Detective key assistant animator
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit production coordinator: animation
1989 The Little Mermaid assistant production manager: clean-up
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West associate producer
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story producer
1995 Balto producer
1998 Antz additional story artist
The Prince of Egypt director
2000 The Road to El Dorado additional storyboard artist
Joseph: King of Dreams executive producer
2001 Shrek storyboard artist (uncredited)
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron story artist (uncredited)
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas additional storyboard artist (uncredited)
2004 Shrek 2 storyboard artist (uncredited)
Shark Tale story artist
2005 Madagascar additional story artist
2006 Over the Hedge additional story artist
2007 Bee Movie director
2008 Kung Fu Panda additional story artist (uncredited)
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five storyboard artist
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa additional story artist (uncredited)
2010 Shrek Forever After additional story artist
Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular story artist
2011 Night of the Living Carrots storyboard artist
Book of Dragons director/writer
Kung Fu Panda 2 additional story artist (uncredited)
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted additional story artist (uncredited)
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman storyboard artist
2015 Home additional story artist


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  1. ^ "About Steve". Animating Your Career. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Todd (October 28, 2007). "Review: 'Bee Movie'". Variety. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bee-Movie - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Animated Life of Steve Hickner and Careers in Cartooning". Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  5. ^ a b c "Steve Hickner Bio". stevehickner. Retrieved 2020-02-17.