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Steve Martino

Steve Martino
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Stephen Michael Martino

(1959-07-21) July 21, 1959 (age 60)
Alma materOhio State University
OccupationFilm director, designer
EmployerBlue Sky Studios (2001-present)
Notable work
Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Peanuts Movie
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Stephen Michael "Steve" Martino[2] (born July 21, 1959)[2] is an American director and designer, best known for directing the films Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Peanuts Movie (2015).

Early life

Martino went to Ohio State University where he studied design.[3] After graduation, he heard computer animation pioneer Chuck Csuri speak. "I was absolutely blown away. No one was doing what he was showing us. I hadn't seen images like that anywhere before," Martino said. He returned to the university and earned in 1989 a master's degree,[1] studying at the Computer Graphics Research Group (later renamed to Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design), founded by Csuri.[3]


After graduation, Steve went to Los Angeles, where he worked in animation and visual effects.[3] In 2001, he joined Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, owned by 20th Century Fox.[1] There he co-directed computer-animated Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift.[3] He directed The Peanuts Movie (2015), an animated feature film adaptation of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts.[4]

In February 2018, it was reported that Martino and Karen Disher will direct an upcoming animated fantasy musical, under the working title Foster, for Blue Sky Studios. The film was originally scheduled for release on March 5, 2021, but was moved the date is unknown. [5][6]



Year Title Director Art department Notes
2002 Gone Nutty Yes Short film
2005 Robots Yes Art director
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Yes
2010 Scrat's Continental Crack-up Yes Short film
2011 Scrat's Continental Crack-up: Part 2 Yes Short film
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Yes
2015 The Peanuts Movie Yes
TBA Foster[6] Yes Upcoming


Year Title Art department Notes
1990 World of Discovery Yes Main title designer

Critical reception

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic IMDb
Horton Hears a Who! (2008) 76%[7] 71%[8] 6.9[9]
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) 37%[10] 49%[11] 6.7[12]
The Peanuts Movie (2015) 87%[13] 67%[14] 7.2[15]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1991 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences World of Discovery
Shared with Jeff Doud, Jon Townley and Thomas Barham
2006 Annie Award Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Robots
Shared with William Joyce
2016 Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production The Peanuts Movie Nominated
African-American Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Animated Feature Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Award Best Animated Feature Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Grossberg, Michael (September 16, 2012). "Hollywood studios brimming with talent honed in Columbus". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Martino, Steve, 1959-". Library of Congress. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Steve Martino, alumni, ACCAD". The Ohio State University. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Charles Schulz's 'Peanuts' Gang to Hit Theaters". October 9, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (February 13, 2018). "Karen Disher Set To Be First Woman Director At Blue Sky Studios". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Lang, Brent (February 12, 2018). "Pasek and Paul to Write Songs for Blue Sky's First Animated Musical". Variety Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "Horton Hears a Who! Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Horton Hears a Who! (2008) - IMDb". Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Ice Age: Continental Drift Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  12. ^ "Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) - IMDb". Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Peanuts Movie (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "The Peanuts Movie Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Peanuts Movie (2015) - IMDb". Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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