Chris Meledandri

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Chris Meledandri
A picture of Chris Meledandri in his office
Born May 15, 1959 (age 65)
Super Mario–related role(s) Producer of The Super Mario Bros. Movie alongside Shigeru Miyamoto
“I am speaking on behalf of our directors, Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath, and the entire Illumination crew of artists, when I tell you that producing The Super Mario Bros. Movie with you and your team at Nintendo has been an absolute privilege. Our crew is filled with Mario fanatics, and they're bringing the very best of their talent to this film every day.”
Chris Meledandri, The Super Mario Bros. Movie Direct 10.06.2022

Chris Meledandri is an American film producer and the founder and chief executive officer of Illumination, an animation studio division of Universal Pictures, as well as the producer of every film released by the studio to date. Additionally, he serves as a senior adviser for DreamWorks Animation following Universal's acquisition of them in 2016. Prior to founding Illumination, Meledandri was president of 20th Century Fox Animation where he served as the executive producer for the first four films produced by Blue Sky Studios including the original Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Horton Hears a Who before leaving 20th Century Fox in 2007 to form Illumination.

Meledandri served as co-producer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie alongside Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. In 2018, he stated that Miyamoto would be "front and center" in the creation of the film.[1] In 2021, he was appointed the role of Outside Director on Nintendo's board of directors, and is expected to assist Nintendo in their further endeavors into visual content.


  1. ^ Lang, B. (November 6, 2018). Inside Illumination’s Plans for Animated ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie. Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
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