Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Program: Honours Bachelor of Animation
Year of graduation: 1990
Position: Writer, Director, DreamWorks Animation
Premier's Awards nominee, 2019
Category: Creative Arts & Design
Dean DeBlois is an award-winning writer and director, best known for having written and directed the How to Train Your Dragon DreamWorks trilogy, and co-writing and co-directing Disney's Lilo & Stitch.
DeBlois has earned dozens of awards for his work, including two Annie Awards and a Golden Globe. How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned Oscar nominations in the category of Best Animated Feature.
“As a student […], I thought the dream would be to work at Disney,” he's said. “I never anticipated writing and directing films that are being recognized at this level.”