Tim Hill (director)

Tim Hill
Born Timothy Hill
United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, animator, producer
Years active 1993–present
Notable work Muppets from Space
Max Keeble's Big Move
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Alvin and the Chipmunks
SpongeBob SquarePants
Spouse(s) Veronica Alicino (m. 1997–present)
Relatives George Roy Hill (uncle)

Timothy "Tim" Hill is an American film director and screenwriter.


Hill began his career in the 1990s as a television writer, director and storyboard artist for Rocko's Modern Life, Exit 57, KaBlam!, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kenny the Shark. He also created the KaBlam! skit Action League Now!!

Hill directed the live-action family films Muppets from Space, Max Keeble's Big Move, and the live-action/animated films Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Hop.

Hill also co-wrote the script of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

Personal life

Hill has been married to actress Veronica Alicino, whom he frequently casts in minor roles in his films, since June 24, 1997. He is the nephew of director George Roy Hill.[1]



Year Film Director Writer Notes
1999 Muppets from Space Yes
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Yes Also songwriter: "MacGoogle theme song"
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Yes Also storyboard artist and story editor
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Yes
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Yes
2011 Hop Yes
2014 Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever[2] Yes Yes
2017 War with Grandpa[3] Yes
TBA Short Circuit[4] Yes


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result[6]
1995 CableACE Award Best Comedy Series
Shared with Cindy Caponera, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, John C. Fisher, Joe Forristal, Nancy Geller, Jodi Lennon, Mitch Rouse & Amy Sedaris
Exit 57 Nominated
2006 Annie Award Best Writing in an Animated Television Production
Shared with Mike Bell, C.H. Greenblatt & Paul Tibbitt
SpongeBob SquarePants Won


  1. "Tim Hill biography and filmography"Tribute.ca. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  2. Sepinwall, Alan (November 27, 2014). "Review: 'Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever' With Aubrey Plaza As Grumpy Cat". HitFix. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  3. McNary, Dave (July 12, 2016). "Robert De Niro's 'War with Grandpa' Set for April Release". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  4. Fleming, Mike (August 4, 2011). "Director Tim Hill Hops To Dimension's 'Short Circuit' Reboot". Deadline. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  5. Anima Mundi catalogo: Festival internacional de animação. Anima Mundi. 2002. p. 398.
  6. "Tim Hill (III) - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved August 23, 2013.

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