Enrico Casarosa (born 20 November 1971)[2][3] is an Italian director, screenwriter and storyboard artist based at Pixar. He has directed the short film La Luna (2011) and the feature film Luca (2021). Both were nominated for Academy Awards.[4]

Enrico Casarosa
Casarosa in 2014
Born (1971-11-20) 20 November 1971 (age 52)
Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • storyboard artist
Years active1996–present
SpouseMarit Casarosa[1]

Early life edit

Casarosa was born in Genoa, Italy, but moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Career edit

Casarosa began his professional career as a background designer and storyboard artist on several animated TV series, including 101 Dalmatians: The Series and PB&J Otter.[5] Before joining Pixar, he worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age and Robots.

In 2002, Casarosa joined Pixar, where he worked as a story artist on Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2.[6] In late 2004, Casarosa started a drawing marathon community called SketchCrawl and has been organizing the event ever since.[7] In 2011, his short film La Luna premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France,[8] and was released theatrically with Pixar's Brave in 2012.[4]

He then worked as head of story on The Good Dinosaur when Bob Peterson was directing the project beginning in 2011, and as a story artist on Coco.[9][10]

Casarosa most recently directed the Pixar Animation Studios film Luca, released on Disney+ on 18 June 2021, in the United States.[11][12][13] The film received generally positive reviews from critics for its nostalgic feel and acting and the film won a Hollywood Critics Association award for Best Picture.

In October 2022, Cararosa was confirmed to be developing another original Pixar feature film.[14]

Personal life edit

Casarosa currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Marit and daughter Fio.[1]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Director Writer Supervisor Artist Other Voice Notes
2002 Ice Age No No No Story No
2005 Robots No No No Story No Uncredited [5][15]
2006 Cars No No No Story No
2007 Ratatouille No No No Story No
2009 Up No No No Story No
2011 Cars 2 No No No Story No
2015 The Good Dinosaur No No Story No No Additional
2017 Coco No No No Story Yes Pixar Senior Creative Team
2018 Incredibles 2 No No No No Yes
2019 Toy Story 4 No No No No Yes
2020 Onward No No No No Yes
Soul No No No No Yes
2021 Luca Yes Story No No Yes Card Player / Angry Fisherman
2022 Turning Red No No No No Yes
Lightyear No No No No Yes
2023 Elemental No No No No Yes

Shorts edit

Year Title Director Writer Artist Producer
2011 La Luna Yes Yes No No
2016 Piper No No Story No
2021 Ciao Alberto No No No Executive

Featurettes and TV edit

Year Title Role
1996 Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders 13 episodes
Background design, storyboard revision
1997 The Secret of Anastasia Direct-to-video
Lead character model designer, background layout designer
The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series 23 episodes
Storyboard artist, storyboard revision artist, designer
1998–2000 PB&J Otter 18 episodes
Background artist, storyboard artist

Bibliography edit

  • The Adventures of Mia, Volume One (2001) graphic novel
  • Fragments (2001) art book with Ronnie Del Carmen
  • The Adventures of Mia, Volume Two (2004) graphic novel
  • Fragments Intermezzo (2004) art book
  • Flight, Volume One (2004) part of a larger comic anthology
  • Three Trees Make a Forest (2007) exhibition art book with Ronnie Del Carmen and Tadahiro Uesugi
  • Totoro Forest Project (2008) with Daisuke Tsutsumi, Ronnie Del Carmen, and Yukino Pang
  • The Venice Chronicles (2008)
  • Disney Picture Book: La Luna (2012) in support of La Luna
  • Disney Pixar: The Art of Luca (2021) in support of Luca

Awards and nominations edit

Association Year Category Work Result Ref(s)
Academy Awards 2012 Best Animated Short Film La Luna Nominated [16]
2022 Best Animated Feature Luca Nominated [17]
Annie Awards 2016 Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a Feature Production The Good Dinosaur Nominated [18]
2022 Outstanding Achievement for Directing in a Feature Production Luca Nominated [19]
British Academy Film Awards 2022 Best Animated Film Luca Nominated [20]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Short Form Program Ciao Alberto Nominated [21]
Golden Globe Awards 202 Best Animated Feature Film Luca Nominated [22]

Special projects edit

In 2008, Enrico Casarosa (along with Ronnie del Carmen, Daisuke Tsutsumi and Yukino Pang) initiated the Totoro Forest Project, a fundraising exhibition/auction to support the non-profit Totoro Forest Foundation.[23] This initiative also produced a corresponding art book reprinting the various pieces contributed and included the likes of James Jean, Charles Vess, Iain McCaig and William Joyce among others.[24]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Andrew Wheeler (10 November 2008). "Review: 'The Venice Chronicles' by Enrico Casarosa". ComicM!x. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. ^ Enrico Casarosa (20 November 2011). "hey Biden stole my birthday!". Twitter.
  3. ^ Enrico Casarosa (19 October 2021). "I'm from 71. I turn 50 in a month or so". Twitter.
  4. ^ a b "Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Rizvi, Samad (6 May 2011). "Get To Know 'La Luna' Director Enrico Casarosa". Pixar Times. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  6. ^ Sarto, Dan (13 February 2012). "Oscar 2012: Pixar's Enrico Casarosa and Kevin Reher Talk 'La Luna'". Animation World Network. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  7. ^ "SketchCrawl™ – drawing marathons from around the world". www.sketchcrawl.com. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  8. ^ Casarosa, Enrico (7 June 2011). "La Luna – the poster". Enrico's nlog. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  9. ^ Patches, Matt (3 October 2011). "Exclusive: Enrico Casarosa on His Whimsical, New Pixar Short 'La Luna'". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Pixar's Luca Interview: Enrico Casarosa And Andrea Warren". Screen Rant. 28 April 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  11. ^ Desowitz, Bill (30 July 2020). "Pixar Sets Summer 2021 Release for Italian Coming-of-Age 'Luca' Feature". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  12. ^ Rubin, Rebecaa (30 July 2020). "Pixar Shares Details About Next Original Film 'Luca'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  13. ^ Julie & T.J. Wolsos (30 July 2020). "Pixar's Next Film, 'LUCA' Coming to Theaters June 2021 — Directed by Enrico Casarosa". Pixar Post. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  14. ^ @sketchcrawl (7 October 2022). "A sequel is not currently in the works. I love Luca and it's characters of course … but I'm developing a new original film" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Beck, Jerry (14 February 2012). "Oscar Focus: Enrico Casarosa Talks "La Luna"". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  16. ^ "The 84th Academy Awards | 2012". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  17. ^ "The 94th Academy Awards | 2022". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  18. ^ Flores, Terry (1 December 2015). "'Inside Out,' 'Good Dinosaur' Lead Annie Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  19. ^ "49th Annie Awards". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  20. ^ "Film in 2022 | BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  21. ^ "NATAS announces nominations for first annual Children's & Family Emmys" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 10 November 2022. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  22. ^ "Luca | Golden Globes". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  23. ^ Gallo, Irene (21 July 2008). "Dice Tsutsumi on The Totoro Forest Project". Tor.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  24. ^ Parker, Charley (6 September 2008). "The Totoro Forest Project". Lines and Colors.

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