Carlos Grangel

October 17, 1963 *Occupation/Title:*
Character Designer/Animation Department/Writer

*Bio Summary:*
Carlos Grangel is a Spanish-born artist from Barcelona, Spain. He is an
amazing character designer for animated films and was the original
character creator and writer for Tim’s Burton’s animated feature, “Corpse
Bride”. With his younger brother, Jordi; they open their own studio, the
Grangel Studio. The Grangel Studio is where both Carlos and Jordi still
works together along with highly skilled and dedicated teams of artists and
other countries studios. Last year, Carlos created characters for two of
Sony Pictures Animation Productions: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and
“Hotel Transylvania”. He and studio is currently working on designs for
DreamWorks as well as the Grangel’s toys designs.

*Early Life/Family:*
Carlos Grangel was born on October 17, 1963 in Barcelona, Spain. His family
is his huge supporters in becoming an artist, including his youngest
brother, Jordi; whom Carlos shares his passion with. He did not share much
about his family background only that they support him in his dream.

*Education/Training: *
During his teen years, Carlos was working on comic strips and art. He
worked for Disney’s comic, “Brer Rabbit” for the Dutch Market and “Fix und
Foxi” for a German market. After graduating high school in Barcelona, with
a background in art, Carlos prepare a portfolio for a Studio Agency where
was given a position. Thereafter, Carlos attends Createcnia University and
earns a degree in Animation Techniques in 1989. With the fascination of the
process and development of animation, Carlos took his portfolio to
Amblimation Animation Studio in London where started creating characters
for the studio films.

*Career Outline: *
In 1985, both Carlos and Jordi opened the Grangel Studio in their hometown,
Barcelona where they worked on comics and illustrations. Their studio did
not work on anything relating to animation until in 1993 after Carlos had
worked with London studio, Amblimation films, “We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s
Story” and “Balto”. The Amblimation Studio was Steven Speilberg’s London
animation studio; it was shut down in 1997. With Amblimation Studio shut
down, Carlos went to work with DreamWorks SKG studio feature films: “The
Prince of Egypt”, “The Road to El Dorado”, “Spirit: Stallion of the
Cimarron”, “Sinbad”, “Shark Tale”, “Madagascar”, “Flushed Away”, “Bee
Movie”, “Kung Fu Panda” and “How to Train Your dragon”. The acronym SKG,
was formed due to the last names of the founders, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey
Katzenberg, and David Geffen in 1994. In 2003, Carlos was awarded the Annie
Awards for outstanding character design in the animated film, “Spirit:
Stallion of the Cimarron”.

*Comments On Style: *
When Carlos is creating a character, he is always looking for
what is best for the character. He thinks on the overall style first,
elegance, balance, color and shapes or silhouettes. These are a “few
ingredients to bear in mind”. Though, Carlos does not always achieve in
what he was looking for. Hence, he draws over 70 to 100 or more designs and
concepts until he is satisfied. Looking at Carlos sketches of the many
characters he created, they are also similar to Tim Burton’s characters
only that Carlos looks softer, colorful, and cute while Tim Burton’s were
more cute in the gothic and dark sense.

* Influences: *
Carlos considers himself in a constant evolution with what or
who influences him. He admires many artists that he cannot keep a list.
Carlos feels that he can learn from many artists or collogues from both
works and non–work related such as Illustrators, designers, painters,
sculptors, and etc. There are no favorites for Carlos Grangel.

In one of the question in the interview, Carlos describe
himself to be a nonconformist because “it is necessary to work a lot to
find a few answers, but when you find something new and appealing it is
really worth while”. With his answers to my questions, I feel Carlos is a
very sincere person and easy to approach if I had the chance. He is also a
family man who loves to surround himself with both his family and friends.
Nature itself contributes to his hobbies as well, the sea in particular.

In 2003, while Carlos was in London, Tim Burton approached him and gave the
script to the film “Corpse Bride” and his “loose” drawings. Tim Burton
wanted Carlos to “push and explore” the characters. Carlos admits that he
was a fan to Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and it was honor
to have worked with Tim Burton. After 30 years in the business, Carlos want
to thank everyone who has help him in many ways to became a better person
and artist. He also wishes he made an impact on them as well.

*Miscellaneous: *
2001- “Shrek” (Pre-Production in Los Angeles)
2005- “Miradas 2” Episode December 2, 2005 (TV Series) Himself
2005- “Silenci?” Episode#5.6 (TV Series) Himself
2005- “Continuarà…” (TV Series) Himself
2006- “Making Puppets Tick” (Video Short) Himself
2006- “Inside the Two World of ‘The Corpse Bride’ (Video Documentary) Himself

*Filmography: *
1993- “We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story” (Character Designer)
1995- “Balto” (Character Designer)
1997- “The Fearless Four” (Character Designer)
1998- “The Prince of Egypt” (Character Designer)
2000- “The Road to El Dorado” (Character Designer)
2000- “The Periwig-Maker” (Short) (Character Designer)
2002- “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” (Supervising Character Designer)
2003- “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” (Character Designer)
2003- “Jester Till” (Character Designer)
2004- “Shark Tale” (Supervising Character Designer)
2005- “Madagascar” (Additional Character Designer)
2005- “Corpse Bride” (Character Designer Uncredited)
2006- “Hui Buh” (Character Designer)
2008- “Kung Fu Panda” (Additional Character Designer)
2010- “How to Train Your Dragon” (Character Designer with Nicolas Marlet)
2012- “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (Character Designer)
2012- “Hotel Transylvania” (Character Designer)
2013- “Pourquoi j'ai (pas) mangé mon père” [Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father]
(character designer) (post-production)

2003- “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” (Annie Awards for Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Feature Production)
2005- “Shark Tale” (Annie Awards Nominated for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production)
2006- “Corpse Bride” (Annie Awards Nominated for Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production)
2013- “Hotel Transylvania” (Annie Awards Nominated Character Design in an Animated Feature Production)

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*Contributors To This Listing:*
Norinna Hing

Animators Hall of Fame