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Jorge Gutierrez (animator)

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Jorge R. Gutiérrez (born January 1975) is a Mexican animator, painter, writer, voice actor and director who created the multiple Annie Award- and Emmy Award-winning animated television series, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon, and directed The Book of Life, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.[1]

Jorge R. Gutiérrez
Jorge Gutierrez (animator), 2014 Comic-Con.jpg
Gutierrez at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
BornJanuary 1975 (age 44)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationAnimator, painter, writer, director, voice actor
Years active1998–present
Known forEl Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
The Book of Life
Sandra Equihua (m. 2001)



Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations and paintings exploring his love of Mexican pop and folk culture.

Gutierrez attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), 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.

Gutierrez has also done character design on many animated series including Nickelodeon's ChalkZone, as well as WB's ¡Mucha Lucha!, and Disney's 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 Maya & Miguel as well as Disney's Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.

Gutierrez won two Annie awards (Best TV Animated show & Best TV Character Design) and one Emmy (Best TV Character Design) working on his passion project for Nickelodeon, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, along with his partner, muse and wife, Sandra Equihua. He was also nominated for three Annie awards (Best Film, Best Director & Best Character Design) for "The Book of Life".

He created some of the sketches in Cartoon Network's Mad.

In 2012, Gutierrez directed at Reel FX a computer-animated adventure feature film with a Romeo and Juliet style love story set against a Mexican "Day of the Dead" backdrop.[2] The film, with the official title The Book of Life, was co-produced with 20th Century Fox Animation and was released on October 17, 2014.[3][4] He earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014,[1][5] only to lose the award to How to Train Your Dragon 2.[6]

In February 2015, Reel FX and Gutierrez announced a multi-year, multi-picture deal.[7] [8]

In August 2, 2017, it was reported that Gutierrez would write and direct The Billion Brick Race, a spin-off of The Lego Movie, for Warner Animation Group.[9] However, on February 8, 2018, it was reported that Gutierrez had left the project.[10]



Year Title Director Screenwriter Actor Role Notes
2000 Carmelo Yes Yes Yes Carmelo's Father Short film
2001 Lint People No No No Short film
Storyboard artist
2001 El Macho Yes Yes Yes El Macho Short film
Also character designer
2014 The Book of Life Yes Yes Yes Skeleton Carmelo Also character designer and additional music composer
2015 Guardians of Oz No Yes No Also executive producer and character designer
2017 Son of Jaguar Yes Yes Yes Son of Jaguar Short film
Also character designer and art director
TBA Kung Fu Space Punch[8] Yes Yes No In development
TBA The Book of Life 2[11] Yes Yes No In development



  1. ^ a b McLean, Tom (12 December 2014). "Gutierrez Reacts to Globes' 'Book of Life' Nom". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. ^ McClintock, Pamela (December 12, 2012). "Fox Animation Teaming With Guillermo del Toro on 'Book of Life' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Fox Sets New Dates for Book of Life, Gone Girl and Frankenstein". October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (11 December 2014). "2015 Golden Globe Nominees and Filmmaker Reactions". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Nominations and Winners of the 72nd Golden Globe Awards". Evolve Media, LLC. 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Untitled Kung Fu Space Western Is Reel". Big Cartoon Blog. BCDB. 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b Hopewell, John (April 24, 2017). "'Despicable Me 3,' Pixar's 'Coco,' 'The Big Bad Fox' to Bow at France's 2017 Annecy Animation Festival". Variety. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Hood, Cooper (August 2, 2017). "Book of Life Director Developing LEGO's Billion Brick Race". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  10. ^ McLean, Tom (February 8, 2018). "Jorge Gutierrez Departs as Director of 'LEGO Movie' Spinoff". Animation World Network. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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