Jorge Gutierrez (animator)

Jorge R. Gutiérrez

Gutierrez at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born January 1975 (age 41)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Animator, painter, writer, director
Years active 1998–present
Known for El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
The Book of Life
Spouse(s) Sandra Equihua

Jorge R. Gutiérrez (born January 1975) is a Mexican animator, painter, writer 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]


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 animated 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]

Jorge has designed characters, along with his wife Sandra Equihua, executive produced, and wrote the story and screenplay for the Mexican animated feature, Wicked Flying Monkeys, produced by Ánima Estudios. It was released theatrically in Mexico on May 10, 2015,[7] and is due for a direct-to-video release in the United States sometime in the future.[8]

In February 2015, Reel FX and Gutierrez announced a multi-year, multi-picture deal. The terms and length of the deal were not immediately disclosed, but the first of the new films was announced as a "Untitled Kung Fu Space Western."[9]



  1. 1 2 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. Amidi, Amid (24 January 2015). "Mexican Studio Anima Releases 'Wicked Flying Monkeys' Trailer (Exclusive)". Cartoon Brew. Cartoon Brew.
  8. Hopewell, John (5 November 2015). "AFM: Grindstone Takes North America on 'Wicked Flying Monkeys' (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety". Variety (magazine). Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  9. "Untitled Kung Fu Space Western Is Reel". Big Cartoon Blog. BCDB. 19 February 2015.
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