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CalArts alumnus wins Golden Globe

Posted: January 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.

This image released by NBC shows Chris Buck, left, and Jennifer Lee accepting the award for best animated feature for "Frozen" during the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.

Sunday was a warm night for “Frozen” co-director and former CalArts student Chris Buck, who took home a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Buck and his “Frozen” co-director, Jennifer Lee, kept it short and sweet when they accepted the award during the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards presentation.

“We want to thank all the fans who have taken ‘Frozen’ into their hearts,” Buck said on stage at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

“Frozen” tells the story of a girl who braves a permanent winter wonderland to find her sister and thaw out the kingdom.

“We are very proud of Chris and his work,” said CalArts spokeswoman Margaret Crane on Monday. “It’s a happy day at CalArts.”

Chris Buck attended CalArts in the late ‘70s and went on to work on the animation team at Disney, with credits for such films as “The Fox and the Hound,” “Oliver & Company,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Pocahontas.”

Buck returned to CalArts to teach from 1988 to 1993, according to the college.

He went on to co-direct the 1999 Disney film “Tarzan,” which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

In 2007, Buck co-directed the Sony Pictures animated film “Surf’s Up,” which brought him an Oscar nod.

“Frozen” has taken in $317.7 million domestically, according to box office numbers, surpassing “The Lion King” as the highest grossing Disney film of all time — not accounting for inflation or re-releases.


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