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Jorge R. Gutierrez
CalArts MFA 2000

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CalArts MFA 2000

Bio 2015

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Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, writer and director who, along with his wife and muse Sandra Equihua, created the multiple Annie and Emmy Award-winning animated television series, "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera" for Nickelodeon.

Born in 1975 in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations and paintings exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture.

Gutierrez attended California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he received his BFA and MFA (2000) 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 for many animated series including Nickelodeon's "ChalkZone" as well as WB's "ˇMucha 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 has worked on Scholastic's "Maya & Miguel" as well as Disney's "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers."

Gutierrez won two Annie Awards (animation's top honor) in the category of Best TV Animated show and Best TV Character Design — as well as a Daytime Emmy (Best TV Character Design) — for his work on "El Tigre" (2007). He also created some of the sketches in Cartoon Network's "Mad."

Most recently, Gutierrez was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe Award and multiple Annies for his work on the animated feature, "The Book of Life," which he co-wrote and directed for Reel FX and Twentieth Century Fox. The film was released Oct. 17, 2014.

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