Chris McDonnell Headshot Animation Faculty

Animation (BFA)

Chris McDonnell is an assistant professor and the Animation Program Director at UArts. He is an award winning filmmaker and bestselling author.


His animated work has aired on Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Peacock, Fox and IFC, as segments on shows such as Lady Dynamite, Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Eagleheart, Portlandia, Tour de Pharmacy, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Paul T. Goldman, Face's Music Party and Tom Goes to the Mayor. Chris has also created character concept designs and artwork for two series in development at Warner Bros., and character concept designs for an animated feature in development at TriStar Pictures.

Chris directs and animates music videos. Two recent videos include “The Melting of the Sun” for Grammy Award winner St. Vincent, and the award winning “Tick Tock” for Aldous Harding (2nd Place Music Video, ASIFA East Festival 2023).


Chris’s books include Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book (Chronicle Books), Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi (Universe), Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo (Abrams), the Publishers Weekly bestseller Steven Universe: Art & Origins (Abrams), The Art of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (Abrams)and BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse (Abrams). Chris has also designed art books about Wonder Woman, the Joker, horror, sci-fi, zombies and animation director Bill Plympton, among other topics.


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