Jorge Gutierrez (animator)

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Jorge R. Gutierrez (born January 31, 1975) is a Mexican animator, painter, writer, voice actor, and production designer. He created the multiple Annie and Emmy Award-winning Nicktoon El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and directed The Book of Life, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.[1]

Jorge R. Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez (animator), 2014 Comic-Con.jpg
Gutierrez at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1975-01-31) January 31, 1975 (age 45)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationAnimator, painter, writer, voice actor, production designer
Years active1998–present
Known forEl Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
The Book of Life
(m. 2001)
Children1 son


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] More recently, he signed a deal with Netflix.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Gutierrez has been diagnosed with autism, which his son also has.[12]



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[13] Yes Yes No In development


Year Title Role Notes
2003 ChalkZone - Guest art director for "Pumpkin Love/Chip of Fools/Irresistible/Please Let Me In"
2004 ¡Mucha Lucha! - Character designer for "A ¡Mucha Lucha! Christmas"
2005 The Buzz on Maggie - Character model design supervisor for "Bella Con Carney"
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers - Writer for "Big Girls Don't Body Slam"
2006 Yin Yang Yo! - Character designer for "Dojo, Oh No!/Finding Herschel"
2006-2007 Maya & Miguel - Writer
2007 Class of 3000 - Guest music video art director for "Love is in the Hair...Net"
2007-2008 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Gordo Gordo Episode: "Dia de los Malos"; Also creator, character designer, executive producer, production designer
2010 Carmen Gets Expelled Butcher TV short; Also creator, character designer, and director
2010-2013 Mad - Animator, graphic designer
2015-2016 The Adventures of Puss in Boots - Executive consultant
2018 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbear (voice) 4 episodes
2019 Victor and Valentino Sal Episode: "Chata's Quinta Quinceañera"
2019 The Loud House Lucha Libra Commentator (voice) Episode: "Lucha Fever with the Casagrandes"


  1. ^ a b McLean, Tom (12 December 2014). "Gutierrez Reacts to Globes' 'Book of Life' Nom". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^ "GUILLERMO DEL TORO JOINS WITH REEL FX TO PRODUCE EPIC ANIMATED ADVENTURE DAY OF THE DEAD". Reel FX. February 21, 2012. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  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. ^ Thorne, Will; Thorne, Will (2020-10-14). "'The Book of Life' Director Jorge Gutierrez Inks Overall Deal With Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  12. ^ "Jorge R. Gutierrez on Twitter: "It's #WorldAutismAwarenessDay ! I'm the autistic father (I was diagnosed 3 years ago) of a wonderful son who also happens to have autism. It has made us who we are and I could not be more proud of him."".
  13. ^ Hopewell, John; Lang, Jamie (June 15, 2017). "Annecy: Reel FX, Jorge R. Gutierrez Announce 'The Book of Life 2,' Unveil 'Kung Fu Space Punch' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2019.

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