Michael Hegner was born in 1966. In 1988, he began work as an assistant in the production of commercials and TV series. From 1989-1991, he was an animator and storyboard designer for full-length animated films, including: Werner I, Werner II, Der kleine Punker and Jungle Jack. Together with Stefan Fjeldmark, he was responsible for the script, storyboard and direction of Help! I'm a Fish!.