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Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin (born November 1, 1967) is a French animator and director. He co-directs the Despicable Me series with Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda. He is also the primary voice actor of the Minions and the museum director from Despicable Me 3.

History

Coffin directed Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013), with Renaud, Despicable Me 3 (2017) and the Despicable Me spin-off, Minions (2015) with Kyle Balda. Coffin was born in France to Yves Coffin, a French diplomat, and Nh. Dini, an Indonesian novelist. He was trained at the Gobelins animation school in Paris and started to work at Amblin, the 2D London-based facility, where he worked on the Steve Spielberg-executive produced We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story. He then started as a freelance animator in the French CGI studio Ex Machina where he worked as an animator and eventually animation supervisor. Pierre Coffin's directorial career began with a short named Pings in 1997. He then started to collaborate by doing commercials with Passion Pictures Paris and Mac Guff. He created the characters Pat & Stan for the titular TF1 TV series. In 2010 he completed, with Chris Renaud, the feature CGI animated movie Despicable Me for Universal.


Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Writer Producer Actor Voice role Notes
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story No No No No Inbewtween artist
2003 Gary's Day Yes No No
2010 Despicable Me Yes No No Yes Tim the Minion, Bob the Minion, Mark the Minion, Phil the Minion, Stuart the Minion
2010 Home Makeover Yes No Yes Yes Short film included on Despicable Me DVD and Blu-ray
2010 Orientation Day Yes No Yes Yes Short film included on Despicable Me DVD and Blu-ray
2010 Banana Yes No Yes Yes Short film included on Despicable Me DVD and Blu-ray
2011 Brad & Gary Yes No No Yes Brad Short film
2013 Despicable Me 2 Yes No No Yes Kevin the Minion, Bob the Minion, Stuart the Minion, Additional Minions, Evil Minions Nominated - Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production

2015 Minions Yes No No Yes Kevin the Minion, Bob the Minion, Stuart the Minion, The Minions Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2017 Despicable Me 3 Yes No No Yes Mel, The Minions and Museum Director
2021 Minions: The Rise of Gru No No No Yes The Minions


Television

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2004-2010 Pat & Stan Yes No No Creator


Trivia

  • Pierre Coffin is actually a French-Indonesian. His father is a French diplomat and his mother is an Indonesian writer.
  • Coffin lent his voice to all 899 minions in the film, including Kevin, Bob, Stuart, Mel, the Evil Minions and other additional minions.
  • Pat & Stan is the only television show created by Coffin.
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