Alessandro Carloni is an Italian film director, animator, and art director, best known for his work with DreamWorks Animation in general, particularly the Kung Fu Panda films. He co-directed Kung Fu Panda 3, alongside Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
|Born||1978 (age 40–41)|
|Alma mater||University of Milan|
|Occupation||Film director, animator, storyteller|
|Known for||the Kung Fu Panda series|
the How to Train Your Dragon film series
Born in Bologna, Carloni spent his childhood in Urbino, a walled city and World Heritage site southwest of Pesaro, known for its remarkable legacy of independent Renaissance culture and for being the birthplace of Renaissance master Raphael Santi. But, Carloni was not a young artist, at least not officially. Not even though his father worked as an illustrator for magazines, book covers and advertisements. “I was exposed to his work, but he never pushed me to be part of his studio,” Carloni says. “He taught me many things. He wanted me to explore on my own.” He became an artist almost despite himself. Carloni entered the University of Milan as a literature major, but to earn money, he began selling drawings. “I got little jobs through my friends to help pay for meals and money here and there,” he says. “Small things like invitation tickets for clubs.” Those little jobs helped change his future. “It made me understand that my true passion was visual storytelling,” he says. “I cared about that more than continuing my studies.” A friend in Germany suggested he apply to Munich Animation, and soon Carloni was an in-betweener. “I drew all the tedious drawings,” he says. But, that led to work as an animator, a story artist, a director, an art director, a character designer, a sculptor, and an animation supervisor for commercials, music videos, and feature films in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. Then, in 2000, he co-directed an award-winning animated short film through Munich Animation with writer-director Gabriele Pennacchioli. The studio envisioned the film, The Shark and the Piano, as a marketing tool. “It was still a time when American studios sent portions of their 2D feature films to Europe to produce,” Carloni says, “so we decided to make a film to show what we could do.” But, by the time they approached the American studios, those studios had turned their focus to 3D. 
Since joining DreamWorks Animation in 2002, Carloni served as lead animator on Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Shark Tale, an animation supervisor on Kung Fu Panda, a story artist on Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Croods, and head of story on the first two How to Train Your Dragon movies and as a story artist on the third one. For his work on Kung Fu Panda, he was nominated in the category Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production at the 36th Annie Awards.
In early 2012, Carloni was attached as a director to the computer-animated/traditionally animated film Me and My Shadow for DWA, replacing the original director Mark Dindal. By early 2013, the film had returned into development following massive lay-offs at DWA. By early 2015, Carloni had joined Jennifer Yuh Nelson to help her co-directing Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), in order to meet its release dateline. He has since moved to Ilion Animation Studios and Skydance Media to develop several animated films.
|The Fearless Four||1997||Assistant animator|
|Tobias and His Lion||1999||Rough animator|
|A Fish Tale||2000||Lead animator, sculptor|
|The Shark and the Piano||2001||Co-director, story developer, animation director, supervising effects animator, sculptures|
|Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||2003||Lead animator: Sinbad|
|Shark Tale||2004||Lead animator: Crazy Joe, story developer|
|First Flight||2006||Storyboard artist|
|Over the Hedge||Animator, story artist, storyboard artist|
|Kung Fu Panda||2008||Animation supervisor, story artist, traditional animator: Mr. Ping (uncredited)|
|How to Train Your Dragon||2010||Head of Story|
|Kung Fu Panda Holiday||Head of character animation|
|Kung Fu Panda 2||2011||Story artist|
|How to Train Your Dragon 2||2014||Head of story|
|Kung Fu Panda 3||2016||Co-director|
|Cake Wars||Himself: guest judge|
|Made in Hollywood||Himself: guest appearance (1 episodes)|
|Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition|
|How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||2019||Story artist|
|Ron's Gone Wrong||2020||Director|
- Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production for How to Train Your Dragon (2010, Annie's)
- Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production for Kung Fu Panda (2008, Annie's)
- Catherine Winder; Zahra Dowlatabadi; Tracey Miller-Zarneke (2011). Producing Animation. Taylor & Francis. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-240-81535-0.
- Robertson, Barbara. "'Artist Profile: Alessandro Carloni". cgSociety. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- Patten, Dominic (February 24, 2015). "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Gets Co-Director As DWA Looks To Shore Up Franchises". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- "36th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- Kits, Borys (January 31, 2012). "DreamWorks Animation Sets Voice Cast for 'Me & My Shadow'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- Yamato, Jen (February 6, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Layoffs Could Reach 500 Amid Slate Pullback". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- Ritman, Alex (October 12, 2017). "Fox, Locksmith Animation Unveil 'Ron's Gone Wrong'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
- "A List Of American Animated Features Currently In Development". Cartoon Brew. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
- Borys Kit (July 19, 2017). "Skydance Taps Directors for Two Animation Movies (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2017.