Stephan Franck

Director – Sony Pictures Animation


The Smurfs learn the value of friendship and family inspired by the classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in this all-new, animated special. When Brainy Smurf is favored to win the annual Smurfberry Hunt for the ninth year in a row, Gutsy Smurf sets out to discover how Brainy wins every year. Gutsy’s investigation takes him into spooky Smurfy Hollow – and right into Gargamel’s trap! Can Brainy and Gutsy, with the help of Smurfette, put aside their rivalry before Gargamel captures them — or worse, they come face-to-face with the legendary ghost, the Headless Horseman?


Director, writer and animator Stephan Franck has worked on over 25 feature films for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks, Warner Bros, Universal and Columbia Pictures. Most notably he was a supervising animator on Brad Bird’s THE IRON GIANT, and story artist on such films as Illumination Studios’ DESPICABLE ME and Shane Ackner’s 9. Franck is the co-creator of the cult TV show CORNEIL & BERNIE (aka WATCH MY CHOPS) that ran in over 60 countries and just got picked up for a second season. He also has had the “giant out-of-body experience” of being personally hired by George Lucas to direct a project “so cool and crazy it had to be abandoned! ” Franck is currently directing the mini-movie THE SMURFS: THE LEGEND OF SMURFY HOLLOW for Sony Pictures Animation, which was selected for official competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and is set to debut around the world in Fall 2013. During his spare time, Franck also writes comic books for Dark Planet Comics; the first chapter of his new comic series SILVER was released in March 2013 at A native of Paris, France, Franck now resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and three children.