Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Award Winning Animator Jorge R. Gutierrez at KCAI

Image courtesy IMDB.  Scott Adsit (l) and James Hong (r) present the TV character design award to Jorge Gutierrez.

The KCAI Animation Department is honored to present Annie & Emmy Award winning animation director Jorge Gutierrez:
  • WHEN:   April 8th, from 10:30am-12:30pm
  • WHERE: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Atkins Auditorium
Please join us for an exciting presentation!  This is a FREE event and ALL are welcome.

Jorge R. Gutierrez
Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, writer, director, and cartoonista. Along with his wife, Sandra Equihua, he created the acclaimed animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Gutierrez and El Tigre have been honored with a Reuben Award, six Emmy Awards and two Annie awards.

Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez is known for exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture through his films, cartoons and paintings.

He attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received his BFA & MFA in Experimental Animation under Jules Engel. There he created the 3D short "Carmelo", which won the 2001 Student Emmy Award in animation and was screened at various festivals around the world, including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. In 2000, Gutierrez worked under animation legend Maurice Noble, for the art direction of “Chuck Jones’ Timberwolf” for Warner Bros. In 2001, he began creating “Jorge Gutierrez’ El Macho”, an animated web series for Sony Pictures.

He’s directed three pilots for Disney TV animation. He has also designed characters for several animated series including Cartoon Network’s “Class of 300”, Nickelodeon’s “ChalkZone”, WB’s “Mucha Lucha”, and Disney’s “Ying Yang Yo!” and “The Buzz on Maggie” for which he was nominated for a 2006 Annie Award in character design. As a writer, he’s worked on Scholastic’s “The Misadventures of Maya & Miguel” as well as Disney’s “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers."

Gutierrez recently worked at DreamWorks Animation as a writer & director developing his own property. He's currently working at Warner Bros Animation on "MAD" and developing his dream animated feature project for Reel FX Entertainment.

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