Simon Wells

"My family's opinion was, `Look, we sold the movie rights 40 years ago. We have no control over this. Hollywood's going to make a movie out of this property, anyway. It's just great that you get to be involved in it,'" Simon Wells said. "I liken it to at least getting to handle the family silver, even though we don't own it anymore."
Interview with Simon Wells in regards to the filming of The Time Machine.


Ever wonder how a cartoon characer can hide from another?
"If youíre two-dimensional, the only way to hide from other two-dimensional beings is to somehow escape into a third dimension where they canít see you.Ē
— Simon Wells
Graduate of
De Montfort University
East Midlands, England
1997/98 Honours awarded at De Montfort University Leicester summer graduation ceremonies
Mr Simon Wells HonDArt Film director, Dreamworks Inc

Simon was a lead animator on 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' as well as doing the storyboards and animation on the Maroon Cartoon "Tummy Trouble".

Simon was storyboard artist on Back to the Future 2 and 3.
He is credited as a Future Consultant on #2 and got a Special Thanks credit on #3.

Simon Wells and Doc Brown's Time Machine
from "Back to the Future III"

Simon Wells in Doc Brown's DeLorean Time Machine
from "Back to the Future III"


The 'Time Machine' is a co-production of DreamWorks and Warner Bros. "It's getting the family hands back on the project," said Wells, who last directed the animated movie Prince of Egypt. The novel's movie rights passed out of the family to George Pal in 1955.
H.G. Wells died in 1946. "I missed meeting him by 15 years," Wells said. Wells will work on a draft of the script with John Logan (Gladiator).

Nominated for Annie award

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production for:
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Nomination shared with:
Brenda Chapman
Steve Hickner


The Time Machine (2002)

The Box (Project Cancelled)

Casper 2 (1999) (Project Cancelled)

The Prince of Egypt (1998) Co-Director

Balto (1995) Director

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)


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