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Robert Alvarez

Robert Alvarez
BornDecember 1948 (age 70–71)
United States
NationalityAmerican
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationAnimator, storyboard artist, animation director, director, writer
Years active1969–present
RelativesIzabella Alvarez (grandniece)
Awards6 Primetime Emmy Awards

Robert Alvarez (born December 1948) is an American animator, television director, and writer. Alvarez studied at the Chouinard Art Institute, which later became the California Institute of the Arts, graduating in 1971. He began his career as an assistant animator for the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. Throughout his five decades in the animation industry, Alvarez has developed an extensive resume. He has worked on hundreds of productions, mainly for television. His studio credits include, in chronological order, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DuckTales, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Animaniacs, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Ben 10, Regular Show, and Adventure Time. He has been awarded six Primetime Emmy Awards for his achievements.

Career

He began his career as an assistant animator for the 1968 film Yellow Submarine starring The Beatles.[1] Since then, he has worked on many animated television series, including Super Friends, The Smurfs, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Dexter's Laboratory, I Am Weasel, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Regular Show. He also created and wrote two animated pilots, Pizza Boy in "No Tip" and Tumbleweed Tex in "School Daze", for Hanna-Barbera's cartoon shorts showcase What a Cartoon! in 1996.

Accolades

Alvarez has received 6 Primetime Emmy Awards, 9 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and 1 Daytime Emmy Award nomination. His first nomination came in 1994 in the category Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) for directing The Town Santa Forgot.[2] In 2000 and 2001, he received two more nominations for his work on The Powerpuff Girls, also receiving one in 2004 for the Powerpuff Girls special 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas.[3][4] Alvarez won two Primetime Emmys for his work on the Genndy Tartakovsky series Star Wars: Clone Wars and a third for Samurai Jack.[5][6][7] In 2006, he garnered one nomination for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and another for the My Life as a Teenage Robot special Escape from Cluster Prime.[8][9] One more Foster's nomination followed in 2007 for the episode "Good Wilt Hunting" before he would win a Primetime Emmy for the show, which was for the special Destination: Imagination in 2009.[10][11] In 2010, he was nominated for the animated short Uncle Grandpa in the category Outstanding Short-format Animated Program. Alvarez received a Primetime Emmy award for Regular Show in 2012, which he also was nominated for in 2011.[12] His Daytime Emmy nomination was in 2007 for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy in the category Outstanding Broadband Program — Children's.[13]

Personal life

Alvarez attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California from 1962 to 1966. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in animation from the Chouinard Art Institute[1] (now the California Institute of the Arts), which he completed in 1971.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Notes
1969 Winky Dink and You background artist
1978 Challenge of the Superfriends animator
Galaxy Goof-Ups
Yogi's Space Race
1979 Casper and the Angels
The New Shmoo
The Super Globetrotters animator/layout artist
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo animator
1980 The Flintstone Comedy Show
The World's Greatest Super Friends
1980–1981 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
1981 Super Friends
Trollkins
1981–1988 The Smurfs animator/animation director
1982 Pac-Man animator
1983 The Christmas Tree Train lead animator
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animator
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
The Smurfs Christmas Special
1984 Pole Position sheet timer
Snorks animation director
1985 Galtar and the Golden Lance
The Jetsons animator
Kidd Video sheet timer
Pound Puppies animation director
Rainbow Brite sheet timer
Robotman & Friends
The Turkey Caper animator
Yogi's Treasure Hunt animation director
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo animator
1985–1986 Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling sheet timer
Paw Paws animator
1986 Ghostbusters
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero sequence director
1986–1987 She-Ra: Princess of Power animator
1986–1989 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
1987 Little Clowns of Happytown sequence director
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light sheet timer
1987–1988 BraveStarr animator
1988 The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley animation director
Denver, the Last Dinosaur sheet timer
Dino-Riders animation director
The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special
Gumby Adventures
The New Yogi Bear Show
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
1989 Camp Candy animation timer/storyboard timer
Dixie's Diner animation director
The Further Adventures of SuperTed
Vytor: The Starfire Champion sheet timer
1989–1990 DuckTales timing director
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
1990 Adventures of the Gummi Bears animation director
Gravedale High
Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
Tom & Jerry Kids
1990–1991 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda
Timeless Tales from Hallmark
1991 The Pirates of Dark Water
1992 The Addams Family
1992–1995 Capitol Critters
1993 The Addams Family
Droopy, Master Detective
2 Stupid Dogs
1993–1994 Captain Planet and the Planeteers
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
1995 Dumb and Dumber
1995–1997 What a Cartoon!
1995–1996 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
1996 Animaniacs sheet timer/slugging
Pinky and the Brain sheet timer
1996–2003 Dexter's Laboratory animation director
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest animation timer
1996–2000 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries timing director
1997–2004 Johnny Bravo animation director
1998–1999 Cow and Chicken
Histeria! sheet timing
I Am Weasel animation director
1998–2004 The Powerpuff Girls
2000–2001 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays animation director
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
2001–2017 Samurai Jack animation director/sheet timer
2001 Ferret and Parrot sheet timer
IMP, Inc.
2002 Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?
2002–2003 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law director
2002–2007 Codename: Kids Next Door timing director
2001–2003 Evil Con Carne animation director
2003–2005 Alex Adventure sheet timer
Star Wars: Clone Wars sheet timer
2003–2007 My Life as a Teenage Robot
2004–2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends animation director
2005 Robotboy sheet timer
2006 Korgoth of Barbaria
Ben 10
Legion of Super Heroes
2006–2008 My Gym Partner's a Monkey
2007 The Grim Adventures of the KND
Random! Cartoons
2008 Underfist: Halloween Bash
The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!
2008–2009 Chowder animation director/sheet timer
2008–2010 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack sheet timer
2009 Ben 10: Alien Force
2010–2011 The Mighty B!
2010–2013 Generator Rex supervising animation director
2009–2017 Regular Show animation director
2010–2011 Sym-Bionic Titan animation director/sheet timer
2011–2012 Secret Mountain Fort Awesome animation director
2012–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse sheet timer
2013–2017 Uncle Grandpa animation director
2013 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes timing director (pilot only)
Paranormal Roommates timing director
2013–2014 Over the Garden Wall
2014 AJ's Infinite Summer
Back to Backspace
Clarence
The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!
2014–2015 Mixels
2015–present We Bare Bears animation director
2015 Long Live the Royals timing director
Ridin' with Burgess
Twelve Forever timing director (pilot only)
2016–2018 The Powerpuff Girls animation director
2016 Bottom's Butte
Victor & Valentino animation director (pilot only)
2017 Craig of the Creek
Summer Camp Island
Tiggle Winks animation director
2018 Adventure Time sheet timer
2019 Infinity Train supervising animation director

Film

Year Title Notes
1968 Yellow Submarine assistant animator
1985 Creature animator
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night animator
1989 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland sheet timer
1990 Jetsons: The Movie animator
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp slugging and timing director
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! animation director
The Halloween Tree animation director
The Thief and the Cobbler animator (uncredited)
The Town Santa Forgot director/animation director
1994 Yogi the Easter Bear director/animation director
1995 Gumby: The Movie sheet timer
1998 Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island animation director
2000 Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders animation timing director
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure timing director
2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase animation timing director
The Flintstones: On the Rocks animation director
2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina animation director (uncredited)
The Powerpuff Girls Movie additional animation direction
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring animation timing director
2009 Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword animation timer
Green Lantern: First Flight animation timer
2015 Regular Show: The Movie animation director

References

  1. ^ a b Hulett, Steve (December 15, 2010). "A Morning With Robert Alvarez -- Part 1". TAG Blog. Animation Guild. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  2. ^ "The Town Santa Forgot". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  3. ^ "The Powerpuff Girls". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  4. ^ "The Powerpuff Girls: Twas The Fight Before Christm". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  5. ^ "Star Wars: Clone Wars". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  6. ^ "Star Wars Clone Wars Vol. 2 (Chapters 21-25)". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  7. ^ "Samurai Jack". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  8. ^ "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  9. ^ "Escape From Cluster Prime". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  10. ^ "Good Wilt Hunting (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends)". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  11. ^ "Destination Imagination (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends)". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  12. ^ "Regular Show". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  13. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards — Childrens Nominations". EmmyOnline.org. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2013-05-19.

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