makes his feature film, directing and screenwriting debut on Lilo & Stitch
. Collaborating with Chris Sanders
(the film's co-director/co-screenwriter), DeBlois helped to shape the story from its inception and oversaw a team of artists and animators based at Disney's Florida Feature Animation Studio.
A graduate of Sheridan University, DeBlois joined the Disney animation team in 1994 and quickly rose through the ranks from layout artist to story artist and head of story. His first Studio assignment was on the 1998 feature, Mulan. He segued from layout to story artist and eventually was named co-head of story (working for the first time with Sanders). In 1999, DeBlois relocated to Florida to begin work on Lilo & Stitch.
Born in Ontario, Canada, DeBlois began his industry career as a layout artist on animated programs for an Ottawa television station. This was followed by a four-year stint in Ireland with director Don Bluth and credits as layout artist, key layout and story assistant on such feature films as A Troll in Central Park and Thumbelina.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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