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Thor Freudenthal is a German-born film director who directed the film adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He was replaced by David Bowers in the later films.

Personal Life[]

Freudenthal was raised in Berlin, Germany by his parents who were from Israel. He credits his early interest in cinema to Steven Spielberg, saying "When my mother told me he's Jewish, and he goes to synagogue, it was like, 'My God, we're of the same tribe, and he's a huge hero of mine.' And then seeing the Schindler movie actually made me feel more secure in who I was myself." His family's connection to Spielberg became real when his Polish Jewish grandparents, survivors of the Holocaust who had known Schindler personally, were asked to appear in the final scene of the movie. Freudenthal attended the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, and later moved to Southern California as an exchange student at CalArts.


Thor started out as an animation director, and found success as a director in his first live-action film, Motel, which played at Sundance Film Festival in 2005. He also worked on conceptal/visual art work at Sony Pictures Imagework for films like Stuart Little, The ChubbChubbs! and Stuart Little 2. He later worked as second unit director on Disney's The Haunted Mansion. In 2009, he directed Hotel for Dogs for DreamWorks Pictures and later would later direct 3 more films including Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Thor has also directed many television shows, including Arrow and The Flash.

In 2019, he was reported to have signed on to direct the upcoming Gotham Group series (Skywatchers).




Year Film Notes
2009 Hotel for Dogs
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
2020 Words on Bathroom Walls Also producer


Year Title Episode(s)
2011 Aim High "Pilot"
Episodes #1.2 - #1.6
2014 Arrow "The Climb"
"Al Sah-Him"
Green Arrow
Legends of Yesterday
2015 The Flash "Out of Time"
2015 Supergirl How Does She Do It?
2015 Quantico Inside
2016 Legends of Tomorrow "The Magnificent Eight"
2016 The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez
2017 The Expanse "Caliban's War"
"Assured Destruction"
2018 The Tick "Tale From the Crypt"
"The End of the Beginning (Or the Start of the Dawn of the Age of Superhero)"
2019 Carnival Row "Some Dark God Wakes"
"The Joining of Unlike Things"
2021 La Brea "Pilot"
"The New Arrival"
"The Storm"
"Father and Son"

Short films[]

Year Film Director Writer
1996 Monkey Business yes yes
1997 Tattoos yes yes
1998 The Tenor yes yes
1998 Mind the Gap yes yes
2005 Motel yes yes
2007 Zéro Deux yes yes
2015 Another Day no yes
2016 Starman yes no

Other credits[]

Year Film Notes
1999 Stuart Little Creative and visual effects development
2002 The ChubbChubbs! Character designer, storyboard artist
2002 Stuart Little 2 Conceptual artist
2003 The Haunted Mansion Second unit director
2009 The Movie Loft Self (8 June 2009 and 12 May 2009)
2009 A Home for Everyone: The Making of 'Hotel for Dogs' Self (video documentary short)
2009 Hotel for Dogs: K-9 Casting Self (video documentary short)
2009 Hotel for Dogs: That's the Coolest Thing I've Ever Seen! Self (video documentary short)
2010 Feed the Fish Book illustrator
2013 Made in Hollywood Self (episode #8.38)

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