Subject:
Kent Culotta

Birth
Born July 29th in Detroit, Michigan

Occupation/Title
Illustrator and animator

Bio Summary
Kent Culotta is an animator and illustrator who has worked at many
different studios within the industry.

Early Life/Family
Kent was born on July 29th in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the small
town of Plymouth. Growing up he had trouble connecting with the other kids
in his town which lead him to spend more time by himself. This helped
foster his creativity since he would constantly be using his imagination by
reading, and drawing.

Education/Training:
Kent attended Plymouth Salem High School in Canton, Michigan. After
graduating he went on to earn a BFA in graphic design at Michigan State
University. Later he went on to study animation at UCLA. He also trained in
CG animation at the Studios Arts school in 2002.

Career Outline:
Filmation Studios is where Kent landed his first job in animation. There he
worked on the film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. At Filmation
Kent witnessed a rapid improvement in his drawing abilities. He attributes
the gains to the repetitive nature of the work. In retrospect he describes
Filmation as the most factory like studio he had worked at, with a punch in
clock and the threat of getting docked pay for arriving late.

From there he went on to fulfill a childhood dream and work at Walt Disney
Animation studios where he worked on classics such as The Beauty and the
Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Little Mermaid. He continued on to
Dreamworks where he was an animator .

His first job in CG animation was on the Jimmy Neutron television series.
From there he continued to work in CG on movies like The Ant Bully and Ice
Age 3.

Kent also has worked for Technicolor in their video game division until
they were shut down in 2011. Recently he has been doing illustrations for
children's books as well as been doing animation for Secret Plan Studios.

Influences:
Kent is fond of early 20th century illustrators such as J.C. Leyendecker,
N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell. The Polly and her pals and Gasoline Alley
comic strips also had an influence on him.

Filmography:
1986 Alone in the T-Shirt Zone (additional artwork and cel painter)
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure (assistant animator)
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (breakdown artist)
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (inbetween artist)
1988 Oliver & Company (assistant animator)
1989 The Little Mermaid (assistant animator)
1990 Happily Ever After (assistant animator) / (breakdown artist)
1990 The Rescuers Down Under (character key)
1991 Beauty and the Beast (assistant animator: “Belle”)/(rough inbetweener)
1992 The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Short) (assistant animator)
1992 Bebe's Kids (key assistant animator)
1994 The Pagemaster (character key assistant animator)
1995 A Goofy Movie (character model clean-up)
1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (final modeler)
1998 The Prince of Egypt (animator: “Seti”)
2000 The Road to El Dorado (animator “Chief”)
2002 Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron (animator: “Spirit”)
2002 The Adventure of Jimmy Nuetron (TV Series) (animator)
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (key assistant animator:”Proteus”)
2004 Stripperella (TV Series) (clean-up artist)
2006 The Ant Bully (animator)
2009 Ice Age 3 (animator)
2012 Food Fight

Other Work:
2007-2011 Technicolor Interactive (video game animation)
2012 Dan the Taxi Man (illustrator)
Also various projects at Brain Zoo, Secret Plan Studios, and Imagemetrics

Bibliographic References:
http://www.kentculotta.com/aboutcontact.html
http://mikelaprevost.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/a-mini-interview-with-kent-culotta/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0191660/

Contributors To This Listing:
Amish Kumar
Kent Culotta
Mikela Provost

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