Steve Hickner

Steve Hickner

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There are thousands of Arts, Media Arts, Film/TV students in colleges, and they often graduate without the benefit of in-the-trenches knowledge from someone who has been there and done it.

Let me put my 30 years experience to work for your students.


Steve Hickner has spent the past thirty years working at some of the most fabled studios in animation, including DreamWorks, Disney, Amblimation (Steven Spielberg), Aardman, Hanna-Barbera, and Filmation. He has worked on both the production and artistic sides of the process, serving as producer on such films as American Tail II: Fievel Goes West, We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, and Balto. His director credits include Bee Movie and The Prince of Egypt.

In addition, he has contributed to such feature films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Little Mermaid, The Great Mouse Detective, Antz, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Shrek Forever After, and the upcoming 2014 releases, Peabody and Sherman and Home. His television credits include such favorites as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

In the Fall of 2013, his book, "Animating Your Career"-- an in-the-trenches survival guide to getting into the entertainment business-- and staying in, will be released.

He has been a guest speaker at many colleges and universities, film festivals and animation events.




Bee Movie (2007)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)


Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) (Home Video)

Amblimation (Steven Spielberg)/Universal Pictures:
Balto (1995)
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
An American Tail II: Fievel Goes West (1991)


Home (2014)
Peabody and Sherman (2014)
Book of Dragons (2011) DVD
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008) DVD
Over the Hedge (2006)
Madagascar (2005)
SharkTale (2004)
The Road to El Dorado (1999)
Antz (1998)
Shrek 4D (Universal Studios Ride, 2003)

Other Feature Films worked on:

Walt Disney Animation:
The Little Mermaid (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1987)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
The Black Cauldron (1985)

Many hours of Television Animation including:

Ziggy’s Gift (1982) (Christmas Special) Emmy Award, Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010),
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Father of the Pride, Tarzan, Zorro, Blackstar, Shazam!, Pac Man, The Dukes, Kangaroo; many others


Animating Your Career (Fall, 2013)


The Dubai International Film Festival (2007)
The Zagreb International Film Festival (2007)
CSU Media Arts Festival; CSU, Channel Islands (2008)
Mission Viejo Arts Festival (2012)

New York University
University of Southern California
California Institute of the Arts
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Ringling College of Art and Design
Brigham Young University
San Jose State University
San Francisco State University
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Fullerton
Creative Talent Network Animation Expo
California State University, Fullerton
CREO Institute


Animafest Zagreb, Audience Award, Bee Movie
Critics Choice Award, Best Animated Feature, Bee Movie. (Nomination)
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Favorite Animated Movie, Bee Movie (Nomination) Annie Award, Best Animated Feature, Bee Movie (Nomination)
Annie Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing, The Prince of Egypt (Nomination)
Movie Guide Award, Epiphany Prize, The Prince of Egypt
Best Animated Video Premiere, Joseph: King of Dreams

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Inducted Member 2010