01 April 2015 — 01:04

Despicable Me’s director of Indonesian descent

Pierre Coffin

Pierre Coffin

Did you know that French animator and Despicable Me‘s director Pierre Coffin has Indonesian blood? To be honest, I myself also didn’t know about this until a local news portal Detik broke the news this morning.  And Wikipedia also confirmed it, saying that Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin (commonly recognized as Pierre Coffin) was born on November 1, 1967 to Yves Coffin, a French diplomat, and Nh. Dini a praised Indonesian writer.

Nurhayati Srihardini Siti Nukatin (Nh. Dini’s complete name) married Yves Coffin in 1960. They have two children: Marie-Claire Lintang and Pierre. Dini separated from her husband in 1984, and reclaimed her Indonesian nationality in the following year.

Despicable Me, a computer-animated 3D film from Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, grossed a massive $543 million worldwide when it was released in the summer of 2010. A sequel, Despicable Me 2, is set to be released on July 3, 2013 worldwide [including U.S, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Taiwan]. Both films are directed by Coffin and Chris Renaud.

Pierre, Nh. Dini, Lintang

Pierre, Nh. Dini, Lintang


Feature film

Short films

  • Brad & Gary (2011) : Director
  • Banana (2010) : Writer / Executive Producer
  • Home Makeover (2010) : Executive Producer
  • Orientation Day (2010): voice of Minions
  • Gary’s Day (2003) : Director

TV series

  • Pat & Stan (2003–present) : Creator / Episode Director

[Image sources: 1, 2]


  1. Dony

    but he abandoned his mother in a nursing home, at ungaran Semarang ?

  2. It seems, mixing Indonesia and French creates great art-workers. Pierre isn’t the only one that I know, there’s Anggun also :D

  3. Budi Putra

    @ Dony: That’s a sad news though

  4. Budi Putra

    @ Nich: Good point! :-)

  5. efpierce

    I don’t care if we is from Mars, his movies are the best!! Especially Despicable Me!

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