Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Frederik Du Chau is a Director and Scriptwriter Belge born on 15 may 1965

Frederik Du Chau

Frederik Du Chau
  • Infos
  • Photos
  • Best films
  • Family
  • Characters
  • Awards
If you like this person, let us know!
Nationality Belgique
Birth 15 may 1965 (54 years)

Frederik Du Chau (born 15 May 1965 in Belgium) is a film director, screenwriter and animator.

He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown of Ghent, where he studied film and majored in animation under Raoul Servais. After graduation, he worked for Walt Disney Animation France and later as a freelance animator and directed several local commercials, combining live-action and animation.

The selection of his student film, The Mystery of the Lamb (Het mysterie van het lam), for the Los Angeles Animation Celebration Conference brought him to Hollywood where he was offered a job as an animator and later as a visual development and storyboard artist for Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal.

Du Chau's break as a director came when Sony offered him to co-direct a short film with Hoyt Yeatman for Sony Wonder. This was followed with a stint as a storyboard artist for Chuck Jones where he learned everything he could about gags, timing and funny business from the master himself.

After a job as the animation director for Universal's The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving, Du Chau was then offered a position as a visual development artist at the newly formed Warner Bros. Feature Animation department, where he sold two screenplays. He was attached to one of them as a director and was soon offered to direct the first animated feature for Warner Bros. Quest for Camelot.

Du Chau wrote and sold a couple of screenplays with Kirk DeMicco. One of the screenplays, titled Sky Boys, is a drama about two Irish immigrants who fight over the love of one girl while building the Empire State Building. Another screenplay was titled Hong Kong Phooey, based on the popular cartoon and was sold to Alcon and Warner Bros. This led to the opportunity to write and direct Racing Stripes for Warner Bros.

The moderate success of Racing Stripes led to the job of directing the feature film titled, Underdog, for The Walt Disney Company, based on the popular 60s cartoon of a flying dog that becomes a superhero. It starred James Belushi, Jason Lee and Amy Adams. The film was extremely negatively received by critics.

He is currently attached to three different movies at several major studios. He just started filming The Krostons, based on the popular Belgian comic book series by Paul Deliege, his first Stereoscopic 3D movie for which he also wrote the screenplay.

When he's not directing draws and develops his own series of graphic novels Fish Out Of Water. His graphic novel work was recently selected at the Festival d'Angouleme 2008 to be exhibited as one of the Unpublished Young talents.

He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Usually with

Jess Harnell
Jess Harnell
(3 films)
Tom King
Tom King
(1 films)
Kirk DeMicco
Kirk DeMicco
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Frederik Du Chau (4 films)

Display filmography as list

Director

Underdog
Underdog (2007)
, 1h24
Directed by Frederik Du Chau, Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Films about dogs, Superhero films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors James Belushi, Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, Alex Neuberger, Taylor Momsen
Rating48% 2.4007652.4007652.4007652.4007652.400765
The film opens with a slight introduction from the main hero of the film, Underdog who introduces the audience to himself, his arch-nemesis Simon Barsinister, and Barsinister's henchman Cad. The film then enters into Capital City Town Hall, where a beagle on the police bomb squad sets off a false alarm after smelling a large ham (in some boxes near where the mayor was giving a speech). After being shunned by his fellow police canines, the beagle leaves in shame and is abducted off the street by Cad, who takes him to Simon's lab. Simon is bitter against the mayor, who has turned down his proposal for a type of genetic experimenting for the city, and plans to prove him wrong by testing his new serum on the beagle. However, Underdog escapes and runs amok in the lab, causing a fire and accidentally becoming exposed to a variety of DNA concoctions and chemicals that Simon developed, which modifies his DNA and gives him the strength to break through the metal door to the lab. After witnessing his work's "success" Simon is stunned when a burning monitor falls onto him, and Cad rushes to his aid.
Racing Stripes, 1h42
Directed by Frederik Du Chau, Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Sport hippique
Actors Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Greenwood, Mandy Moore, M. Emmet Walsh, Dustin Hoffman
Rating52% 2.601562.601562.601562.601562.60156
During a thunderstorm, a traveling circus accidentally leaves behind a baby zebra. The foal is rescued by widower Nolan Walsh, a former Thoroughbred-racehorse trainer who retired when his wife, a jockey, died in a racing accident. Nolan takes the zebra home to his farm and leaves it under the care of his daughter Channing "Chan" Walsh, who names him "Stripes". Stripes befriends the other farmyard animals, including Saanen goat Franny and Shetland pony Tucker. One day, he becomes convinced that he is destined for the nearby racetrack, the Kentucky Open, after watching a race, not realizing that he is a zebra and is not qualified to race.
Quest for Camelot, 1h26
Directed by Frederik Du Chau, Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about dragons, Musical films, Films about disabilities, La cécité, Children's films
Actors Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Jane Seymour
Rating63% 3.158573.158573.158573.158573.15857
Kayley dreams of becoming a knight like her father Lionel, who journeys to Camelot to meet with King Arthur as a knight of the Round Table. While there, one of the greedier knights, Baron Ruber attempts to usurp Arthur and in the fray, Lionel is killed while Ruber escapes. Ten years later, a griffin attacks the kingdom, stealing Excalibur. Merlin's falcon, Ayden forces the griffin to release Excalibur and it falls into the dark forest. Word is soon sent of the missing sword, falling on the ears of Kayley. Still aspiring to become a knight, she vows to find Excalibur, but her mother Juliana forbids it. Ruber pays them a visit and forces Juliana to agree to give him and his men safe passage into Camelot as part of a plan to take control. Kayley escapes and enters the forest, losing Ruber's men and encountering Garrett; a blind hermit who is assisted by Ayden. He decides to go after the sword, but Kayley insists on following him to his chagrin, as he works better on his own.
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving, 1h11
Directed by Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Films about children, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Children's films
Actors Scott McAfee, Donald Reignoux, Candace Hutson, Heather Hogan, Roger Carel, Rob Paulsen
Rating57% 2.8579752.8579752.8579752.8579752.857975
One day, a shower of flying rocks impacts near the Great Valley and causes a rock slide in the Mysterious Beyond, which blocks the water supply of the Great Valley. The increasing lack of water causes conflicts between the inhabitants of the Great Valley, who have lived in relative peace and harmony until this event.

Scriptwriter

Racing Stripes, 1h42
Directed by Frederik Du Chau, Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Sport hippique
Actors Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Greenwood, Mandy Moore, M. Emmet Walsh, Dustin Hoffman
Roles Author
Rating52% 2.601562.601562.601562.601562.60156
During a thunderstorm, a traveling circus accidentally leaves behind a baby zebra. The foal is rescued by widower Nolan Walsh, a former Thoroughbred-racehorse trainer who retired when his wife, a jockey, died in a racing accident. Nolan takes the zebra home to his farm and leaves it under the care of his daughter Channing "Chan" Walsh, who names him "Stripes". Stripes befriends the other farmyard animals, including Saanen goat Franny and Shetland pony Tucker. One day, he becomes convinced that he is destined for the nearby racetrack, the Kentucky Open, after watching a race, not realizing that he is a zebra and is not qualified to race.
Quest for Camelot, 1h26
Directed by Frederik Du Chau, Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about dragons, Musical films, Films about disabilities, La cécité, Children's films
Actors Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Jane Seymour
Rating63% 3.158573.158573.158573.158573.15857
Kayley dreams of becoming a knight like her father Lionel, who journeys to Camelot to meet with King Arthur as a knight of the Round Table. While there, one of the greedier knights, Baron Ruber attempts to usurp Arthur and in the fray, Lionel is killed while Ruber escapes. Ten years later, a griffin attacks the kingdom, stealing Excalibur. Merlin's falcon, Ayden forces the griffin to release Excalibur and it falls into the dark forest. Word is soon sent of the missing sword, falling on the ears of Kayley. Still aspiring to become a knight, she vows to find Excalibur, but her mother Juliana forbids it. Ruber pays them a visit and forces Juliana to agree to give him and his men safe passage into Camelot as part of a plan to take control. Kayley escapes and enters the forest, losing Ruber's men and encountering Garrett; a blind hermit who is assisted by Ayden. He decides to go after the sword, but Kayley insists on following him to his chagrin, as he works better on his own.