CHRIS BAILEY grew up reading superhero and monster comics in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the Character Animation Program at CalArts and began working on projects like STARCHASERS THE LEGEND OF ORIN, and spots for Bob Abel and Digital Productions, like the groundbreaking Mick Jagger video HARD WOMAN (1986). Chris became an animator at Disney Feature Animation on The LITTLE MERMAID where he stayed for ten years, animating and directing on a variety of projects.
Chris Bailey supervised the animation and did the character design for Paula Abdul’s video OPPOSITES ATTRACT where she danced alongside a distinctly 2-D Scat Cat. This was done after hours and on weekends during a lull at Disney between The LITTLE MERMAID and The RESCUERS DOWN UNDER. After that, Chris began directing theme park projects for Disney which include IT’S TOUGH TO BE A BUG in Disney Wild Kingdom and Disney’s California Adventure Park and the It’s a Small World Post Show in Paris Disneyland. He also served as the “Cat Animation Supervisor” on HOCUS POCUS, coordinating the live action, animatronic and animated cat for the film starring Bette Midler. Chris’ direction on Mickey Mouse’s RUNAWAY BRAIN earned him an Oscar nomination in 1995.
After Disney, Chris Bailey became known in Hollywood as a specialist at supervising and directing animated characters set in live action movies. His credits include, DEEP RISING, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, X-MEN II, GARFIELD, FAT ALBERT and GARFIELD II. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, ALVIN THE SQEAKQUEL, SOLARIS, INSPECTOR GADGET, and the upcoming film HOP. Also the theme park film, IT’S TOUGH TO BE A BUG, playing in Disney’s Wild Kingdom and Disney’s California Adventure.
Toggling between four major studios in both film development and production, Drew Tolman has managed nearly every department at one point or another. She has helped build three animation studios from scratch and has reported to some of the most successful Executives and Producers in the industry. Her credits include: Titan AE (2000) and Ice Age (2002) for Fox, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005) for The Walt Disney Company, Curious George (2006) for Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment, Everyone’s Hero (2006) for Fox and Starz Media; Alvin and the Chipmunks II, the Squeakquel (2009) for Fox 2000, Hop (2011) for Universal and Illumination Entertainment, as well as, many other movies that never made it to the big screen. She served as the Production Manager on a series of CG-animated shorts Warner Bros. made for Africa as part of the President’s PEPFAR project. It was an exciting project as it was more than making entertainment, but hopefully saving lives as well. She had the privilege of going to Kenya, conducting research, taking 2,000 reference photos, recording the voices in English and Swahili and getting chased by a hippo.
A big believer in mentoring and creating opportunities for next-gen talent, Ms. Tolman has hired and mentored over 40 interns on her productions over the years, many of whom now make more money than she does. Ms. Tolman also teaches online for The Art Institute. Vastly different than feature filmmaking, her favorite class is one where she directs 8 students from around the country in creating and completing a one-minute cg animated film in just 11 weeks.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Tolman received her Master’s degree in Film Studies with a concentration in children’s films from the University of Miami, Coral Gables and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Always writing, she is an avid journal writer, a poet, awarded screenwriter and aspiring children’s book author. Her screenwriting has placed in several contests and has been endorsed by the prestigious KIDS FIRST! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.