Enrico Casarosa (born November 20, 1971) is an Italian-American storyboard artist, film director, and writer who works at Pixar. In 2012, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the animated short film La Luna. In 2022, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Luca (2021).
|Born||November 20, 1971|
Genoa, Liguria, Italy
|Alma mater||School of Visual Arts|
Fashion Institute of Technology
|Occupation(s)||Film director, storyboard artist, writer|
|Employer||Pixar Animation Studios (2002–present)|
|Notable work||La Luna, Luca|
He then worked as a background designer and storyboard artist on various Disney Channel TV series, including 101 Dalmatians: The Series and PB&J Otter. Before joining Pixar, Casarosa worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age.
In 2002, Casarosa joined Pixar, where he worked as a story artist on Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2. In late 2004, Casarosa started a drawing marathon community called SketchCrawl and has been organizing the event ever since. In 2011, his short film La Luna premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, and was released theatrically with Pixar's Brave in 2012.
Casarosa most recently directed the Pixar Animation Studios film Luca, released on Disney+ on June 18, 2021, in the United States. 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.
|2005||Robots||No||No||No||Story||No||Uncredited  |
|2015||The Good Dinosaur||No||No||Story||No||No||Additional|
|2017||Coco||No||No||No||Story||Yes||Pixar Senior Creative Team|
|2019||Toy Story 4||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Soul||No||No||No||No||Yes||Disney+ Original Films|
Pixar Senior Creative Team
|2021||Luca||Yes||Story||No||No||Yes||Card Player / Angry Fisherman|
|Lightyear||No||No||No||No||Yes||Pixar Senior Creative Team|
Featurettes and TVEdit
|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
- 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 nominationsEdit
|Academy Awards||2012||Best Animated Short Film||La Luna||Nominated|||
|2022||Best Animated Feature||Luca||Nominated|||
|Annie Awards||2016||Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a Feature Production||The Good Dinosaur||Nominated|||
|2022||Outstanding Achievement for Directing in a Feature Production||Luca||Nominated|||
|British Academy Film Awards||2022||Best Animated Film||Luca||Nominated|||
|Children's and Family Emmy Awards||2022||Outstanding Short Form Program||Ciao Alberto||Pending|||
|Golden Globe Awards||2022||Best Animated Feature Film||Luca||Nominated|||
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. 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.
- Andrew Wheeler (November 10, 2008). "Review: 'The Venice Chronicles' by Enrico Casarosa". ComicM!x. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
- Enrico Casarosa (November 20, 2011). "hey Biden stole my birthday!". Twitter.
- Enrico Casarosa (October 19, 2021). "I'm from 71. I turn 50 in a month or so". Twitter.
- "Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
- Rizvi, Samad (May 6, 2011). "Get To Know 'La Luna' Director Enrico Casarosa". Pixar Times. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
- Sarto, Dan (February 13, 2012). "Oscar 2012: Pixar's Enrico Casarosa and Kevin Reher Talk 'La Luna'". Animation World Network. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
- "SketchCrawl™ – drawing marathons from around the world". www.sketchcrawl.com. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
- Casarosa, Enrico (June 7, 2011). "La Luna – the poster". Enrico's nlog. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- Patches, Matt (October 3, 2011). "Exclusive: Enrico Casarosa on His Whimsical, New Pixar Short 'La Luna'". Hollywood.com. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
- "Pixar's Luca Interview: Enrico Casarosa And Andrea Warren". Screen Rant. April 28, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
- Desowitz, Bill (July 30, 2020). "Pixar Sets Summer 2021 Release for Italian Coming-of-Age 'Luca' Feature". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
- Rubin, Rebecaa (July 30, 2020). "Pixar Shares Details About Next Original Film 'Luca'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- Julie & T.J. Wolsos (July 30, 2020). "Pixar's Next Film, 'LUCA' Coming to Theaters June 2021 — Directed by Enrico Casarosa". Pixar Post. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
- @sketchcrawl (October 7, 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.
- Beck, Jerry (February 14, 2012). "Oscar Focus: Enrico Casarosa Talks "La Luna"". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
- Wolsos, Julie & T.J. (September 21, 2021). "'Luca' Short Film 'Ciao Alberto' Premiering November 12 During Disney+ Day". Pixar Post. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
- "The 84th Academy Awards | 2012". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- "The 94th Academy Awards | 2022". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- Flores, Terry (December 1, 2015). "'Inside Out,' 'Good Dinosaur' Lead Annie Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- "49th Annie Awards". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- "Film in 2022 | BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- "NATAS announces nominations for first annual Children's & Family Emmys" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. November 10, 2022. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- "Luca | Golden Globes". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
- Gallo, Irene (July 21, 2008). "Dice Tsutsumi on The Totoro Forest Project". Tor.com.
- Parker, Charley (September 6, 2008). "The Totoro Forest Project". Lines and Colors.