Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987, where she worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, the Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000. Chapman was the story supervisor on the original The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award.
Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she codirected the 1998 release of the Oscar winning Prince of Egypt. Chapman was the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio.
She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003. Chapman created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her daughter – for which she was the first woman to win an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.
Currently, Chapman just finished her first live-action film Come Away, starring David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She is also working on several projects in different stages of development for ‘Twas Entertainment, which she co-owns with her husband, filmmaker Kevin Lima. (Enchanted, A Goofy Movie, Disney’s Tarzan).