Simon Wells (born 1961) is an English film director of animation and live-action films. He is the great-grandson of author H. G. Wells.

Early life and education

Born in Cambridge, he attended The Perse School and De Montfort University where he studied audio-visual design. Upon graduating he found a job at Richard Williams's studio where he animated commercials and other projects. Wells later supervised the animation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.


After the closing of Richard Williams Studio, Wells became a member of Amblimation, a studio owned by Steven Spielberg, where he served as director on films such as An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestWe're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and Balto. Wells was set to direct a sequel to Casper, but the project was cancelled.

After the closure of Amblimation Wells joined Universal Animation Studios where he worked as storyboard artist on many animated projects, he also directed The Prince of Egypt which was nominated for an Annie Award.

In 2002 he directed his first live-action film, a film adaptation of his great-grandfather's book The Time Machine.

Wells went back to Universal, where he continued as a story artist for films such as Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), including Disney and Pixar films, The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005) and Flushed Away (2006). [1]

In 2011 he co-wrote and directed Mars Needs Moms using motion-capture technology during the filming.


Wells resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Wendy, and daughters Meredith and Teagan. [1]



Year Film Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit supervising animator
1989 Back to the Future Part II consultant: Future
1990 Back to the Future Part III assistance/thanks
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West director
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story director
1995 Balto director
1998 Mulan story artist
Antz additional story artist
The Prince of Egypt director
1999 Tarzan story artist
Toy Story 2 additional story artist
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie story artist
Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie director
The Road to El Dorado additional story artist
A Bug's Life additional story artist
Dinosaur additional story artist
Chicken Run additional story artist
How The Grinch Stole Christmas director
The Emperor's New Groove additional story artist
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure story artist
Shrek special thanks
Atlantis: The Lost Empire supervising animator/director
Monsters, Inc. story artist
Barney's Christmas Adventure: The Movie director
2002 Return To Neverland additional story artist
The Time Machine director
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron story artist
Lilo & Stitch supervising animator/director
Treasure Planet additional story artist
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas story artist
2004 Home on the Range supervising animator/director
Shrek 2 additional story artist
Shark Tale additional story artist
The Incredibles additional story artist
The Polar Express digital visual concept consultant
2005 Madagascar story artist
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch supervising animator
Chicken Little story artist
2006 Bambi II supervising animator
Over the Hedge story artist
Cars story artist
Flushed Away story artist
The Fox and the Hound 2 supervising animator/director
2007 Meet the Robinsons story artist
Shrek the Third story artist
2008 Kung Fu Panda action sequence supervisor/story artist
Bolt supervising animator/director
2011 Mars Needs Moms director/writer
Kung Fu Panda 2 additional story/story artist
2013 The Croods story artist
2016 Zootopia supervising animator
Kung Fu Panda 3 story artist
Moana additional story/story artist
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie story artist
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