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Chris Appelhans
Biographical Information
Full Name Christopher Appelhans
Home California
Occupation(s) Visual development artist
Character designer
Concept artist
Concept Designer
Background Information
Character(s) Played
Christopher Appelhans is a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation and character designer for Rise of the Guardians.



  • Rise of the Guardians (2012) - character designer
  • Puss in Boots (2011) - visual development artist
  • The Princess and the Frog (2009) - visual development artist
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - environment designer
  • Coraline (2009) - illustrator - as Christopher Appelhans
  • City of Ember (2008) - concept artist
  • Monster House (2006) - character designer, concept designer

Video Games

  • Card Soldier Wars (2008) - artist

Concept Art

Children Designs

Jack and Children

This segment shows Jack Frost interacting with children and bringing snow to them. We then see a similar sequence from the film, where a lonely Jack follows one of the children home and watches with longing as the family get ready for bed.


Belief vs. Fear

Another set of illustrations show the children losing belief as fear grows stronger. When Pitch's Nightmare Men attack, each of the Guardians finds some way to make the children believe and encourage them to fight back.

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