Robert Alvarez

Robert Alvarez
Born 1948 (age 6768)
Education California Institute of the Arts
Known for Storyboard artist, director, writer
Awards 6 Primetime Emmy Awards

Robert Alvarez (born 1948) is an American animator, television director, and writer.


He began his career as an assistant animator for the 1968 film Yellow Submarine.[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.


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 and 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.



Year Title Notes
1979 The Super Globetrotters animator/layout artist
1980-1981 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang animator
1981-1988 The Smurfs animator/animation director
1981 Trollkins animator
1982 Pac-Man animator
1984 Pole Position sheet timer
1985-1986 Paw Paws animator
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling animation timer
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo animator
1986-1987 She-Ra: Princess of Power animator
1987-1988 BraveStarr animator
1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequence director
1988 The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley animation director
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo animation director
1989 Camp Candy animation timer/storyboard timer
1990 Gravedale High animation director
Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone animation director
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures animation director
1991 The Pirates of Dark Water animation director
1992 Capitol Critters animation director
1993 The Addams Family animation director
1993-1994 Captain Planet and the Planeteers animation director
1995-1997 The Cartoon Cartoon Show animation director
1995-1996 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat animation director
1996-2003 Dexter's Laboratory animation director
1996-1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest animation timer
1997-2004 Johnny Bravo animation director
1997-1999 I Am Weasel animation director
1998-1999 Cow and Chicken animation director
1998-2004 The Powerpuff Girls animation director
1999-2000 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries timing director
2001-2004 Samurai Jack sheet timer & director
2002-2003 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law director
2002-2007 Codename: Kids Next Door timing director
2003-2005 My Life as a Teenage Robot sheet timer & director
Star Wars: Clone Wars sheet timer
2004-2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends animation director
2006-2008 My Gym Partner's a Monkey sheet timer
2008-2009 Chowder timing director
2008-2010 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack sheet timer
2010-2013 Generator Rex supervising animation director
2010-present 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-present Uncle Grandpa animation director
2013 Lakewood Plaza Turbo timing director
2014 AJ's Infinite Summer timing director
2015-present We Bare Bears animation director
2015 Ridin' with Burgess timing director
Twelve Forever timing director
Long Live the Royals timing director
2016-present The Powerpuff Girls animation director
2016 Bottom's Butte animation director
Victor & Valentino animation director


Year Title Notes
1968 Yellow Submarine assistant animator
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night animator
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 Town Santa Forgot director/animation director
1994 Yogi the Easter Bear director/animation director
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 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


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