It’s probably no coincidence that Chris Grun and Jason Sadler came to University of Wisconsin-Stout in the early 1990s. They wanted to study art, and UW-Stout was — and is — regarded as one of the best art schools in the Midwest.
Grun was from the Twin Cities suburb of Minnetonka, Minn., and Sadler from the Wisconsin community of Raymond, near Racine. The cities are about 320 miles apart.
What’s unusual is that Grun and Sadler, who had never met each other, were interested in the same aspect of art, the cutting-edge field of animated movies.
With hits like “The Little Mermaid” in 1989, “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991 and “The Lion King” in 1994, movie animation had begun to explode. The genre depends heavily on artists to create the characters and environments.
Grun and Sadler saw a bright and exciting future for movie animation and wanted to be part of it.
More than 20 years later, it’s clear they were on the right track. The former college roommates not only still are working in the industry as it has continued to expand but have had highly successful careers.
They work for two of the biggest animation studios in the world, Grun for DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif., and Sadler for Blue Sky Studios, a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, in Greenwich, Conn.
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