Subject:
Rob Humphrey

Birth:2/26/1964
Occupation/Title: Animation writer

Bio Summary:
Rob Humphrey was born inRock Island, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he went to Southern Illinois UniversityinCarbondale to study film. He came to Los Angeles to work asa screenwriter in television animation for 20 years.In 2009, he decided to change his job, so he moved to Korean to teach English.After 3 years, hecame back to the state and studied master's degree in ancient history. He is currently preparing for a new job that he will work in Mongolia next year.

Early Life/Family:
He was married in Scotland but got divorced a few years ago.His father used to work as asteamfitter, and his mother worked in high school as a security officer for a while. They are now already retired.

Education/Training:
Rob Humphrey got his bachelor degree in film at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Right after that, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a screenwriter in animation. He had been working for 20 years for manyfamous companies such as Nickelodeon, Disney, MGM, Warner Brothers, etc. Because of working mostly in animation where teenagers and children are the mainsubjects,he always needs to update andadjust his writing style suitably for his specific audience. To do that effectively,he watches a lot of movies and animation shows; healsogoes to the theater to observe people and to see how teenagers talk.By that way, he can imagine and apply to his characters later. After leaving the animation industry, he got the TSOL certificate and moved to Korean to teach English; he also learned how to speak Koreanwhy he was there to create a better communication with his students and the native speakers.Three years later,he got interested in ancient history; hence, he pursueda master’s degree in that major.

Career Outline:
When Rob Humphreystudied film at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he had two partners in school, John Behnke and Jim Peterson, and three of them made films together.Rob has known Jim since they were eight years old. At the time they met John, they were undergraduate students while John was a graduate student. The first two comedies that they made were silent films name “The real world”(1988) and “The Yuppie”(1988), both of which were nominated for the Student Academy Awards, but only “The Yuppie” won. These two movies actually brought Rob Humphrey, John Behnke and Jim Peterson to Los Angeles, and that was how they got into the animation industry.They had been working asscreenwriters in television animation ever since.“Rob, along with John Behnke and Jim Peterson, is sometimes credited as The Trio” (IMDB). Just like other filmmakers in the 1990s, The Trio did want to do their independent feature film, so they made it; however, it did not go so well. After twelve years working together, Jim got married and wanted to raise his family in Illinois, so he left. Rob continued to work with John for another 8 years. Later in 2009, he decided to move to Korean to teach English because he desired to do something completely different. After 3 years, he returned to the state and pursued a master's degree in ancient history. Early next year, he will be working for the Peace Corps in Mongolia as a teacher trainer and a representative of the United State for two and a half years.

Comments on Style:
“I have known Rob Humphrey since college. Rob's writing style is definitely comedic and very visual. Which served him well as a writer in animation. Much of his humor is physical since I know he is a big fan of silent films and classic comedies. I think it is fair to say that many of his influences include: Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, and the Marx Brothers. But there is also a wry, absurd side to his writing, much in the style of Monty Python - lampooning authority figures and twisting a serious setting into something completely silly. Rob is also well versed in classic literature and history, which he sometimes has pulled from and referenced in his writing. While Rob's strength is no doubt comedy, he has proven himself good with writing action as well”, said Tom Hart, a friend of Rob Humphrey.

Influences:
Rob Humphrey enjoyed movies when he was a kid. His friend Bill Motz always made a short film every year on his birthday, and Rob was so excited to join those interesting experiments with Bill. They kept doing that during their childhood time until they got into college. They were still making films. That was one of the reasons Rob Humphrey had the specific attraction to movies and animations. Personality:He was a nice, humble and enthusiastic person. When I talked to him, I couldfeel his happiness and excitementfor every single jobthat he had. He always enjoys and finds pleasing things from the work that he chooses. Anecdotes:Because ofworking in the animation industry, Rob was invited tosome certain events.There was a screening of the “Sunset Blvd”movie, which is directed by Billy Wilder, Rob’s favorite filmmakerof all time, and of course,Billy Wilder would absolutely be at the event.Rob was so excited to get to the screening place. As he was driving there with Bob Roth who was his writing and producing partnerin his car, Robturnedinto the parking lot so fastand suddenly slammed the brake, so he nearly hit to Billy Wilder while he was crossing on the sidewalk at the parking lot entrance. As Rob described, he almost killed his filmmaker idol. He was so frightened because of that.

Miscellaneous:

Filmography:
1. The Penguins of Madagascar (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2012) (written by - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011)
- Loathe at First Sight/The Trouble with Jiggles (2012) ... (writer - segment "The Trouble with Jiggles") - Whispers and Coups/Brush with Danger! (2011) ... (written by - segment "Brush with Danger")

- Kaboom and Kabust/The Helmet (2010) ... (written by - segment "The Helmet")
- Otter Gone Wild (2009) ... (writer)
- Penguiner Takes All (2009) ... (writer)
2.Gormiti: The Lords of Nature Return! (TV Series, 2009)
- Root of Evil (2009) ... (written by)
3. Geronimo Stilton (TV Series, 2009) (1 episode)
- Stop Acting Around (2009)
4. A Martian Christmas (TV Movie, 2008)
5. Tutenstein (TV Series, 2004-2008) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Clash of the Pharaohs (2008) ... (writer)
- Into the Past (2006) ... (writer)
- Tut the Defender (2006) ... (writer)
- Behdty Late Then Never (2005) ... (writer)
- Procras-Tut-Nation (2005) ... (writer)
- Green-Eyed Mummy (2004) ... (writer)
- Something Sphinx (2004) ... (writer)
6. D.C. Dingle (Short, 2008) (written by)
7. El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (TV Series, 2008) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fool's Goal/El Tigre, El Jefe (2007) ... (writer)
8. Kim Possible (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2005 - 2007) (written by - 1 episode, 2004)
- Car Alarm (2007) ... (writer)
- Team Impossible (2005) ... (writer)
- Bonding (2004) ... (written by)
9. The X's (TV Series, 2005-2006) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Accidental Hero/Untied (2006) ... (writer) - The Haunting of Home Base (2006) ... (writer)
- Train Rex/Homebody (2006) ... (writer)
- Wealth vs. Stealth/Wee House (2006) ... (writer)
- Mock Tutors/Meddle Mouth (2006) ... (writer)
- From Crusha with Love/Xcitement (2006) ... (writer)
- Mr. Fix It/Doommates (2005) ... (writer)
10. Lilo& Stitch: The Series (TV Series, 2005-2006) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Link: Experiment #251 (2006) ... (written by)
- Retro: Experiment #210 (2005) ... (written by)
11. Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (TV Series, 2005-2006) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Pickled Tink (2006) ... (writer)
- Paw and Order (2005) ... (writer)
- Lame Boy (2004) ... (writer)
- Funky Bunny (2004) ... (writer)
12. Dave the Barbarian (TV Series, 2005-2006) (writer - 4 episodes)
- The Way of the Dave/Beauty and the Zit (2005) ... (writer)
- Shake, Rattle, and Roll Over/Bad Food (2004) ... (writer)
- Sorcerer Material/Sweep Dreams (2004) ... (writer)
- Band/Web (2004) ... (writer)
13. Ozzy&Drix (TV Series, 2005-2006) (written by - 1 episode)
- Nature Calls (2004) ... (written by)
14. Xiaolin Showdown (TV Series, 2005-2006) (writer - 1 episode)
- Shen Yi Bu (2003) ... (writer)
15. The Legend of Tarzan (TV Series, 2005-2006) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Tarzan and the Volcanic Diamond Mine (2003) ... (writer)
- Tarzan and the Lost Treasure (2001) ... (writer)
- Tarzan and the Silver Ape (2001) ... (writer)
16. Baby Looney Tunes (TV Series, 2005-2006) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Never Say Try/Pair O'Dice Lost (2002) ... (writer)
- Wise Quacker/Yours, Mine... and Mine, Mine! (2002) ... (writer)
- Pastime for Petunia/Pouting Match (2002) ... (writer)
- Daffy Did It!/Pig Who Cried Wolf (2002) ... (writer)
- Hair Cut-Ups/A Clean Sweep (2002) ... (writer)
17. Tarzan & Jane (written by - segment "Volcanic Diamond Mine", 2005-2006)
18. House of Mouse (TV Series, 2001-2002) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Super Goof (2002) ... (written by - segment "Locksmiths", as The Trio)
- The Mouse Who Came to Dinner (2001) ... (written by - segment "Mickey's Mix Up", as The Trio)
19.Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV Series) (1 episode, 2001) (writer - 3 episodes, 2000)
- 42 (2001) ... (as Robert Humphrey)
- Speed Trap (2000) ... (writer)
- Super Nova (2000) ... (writer)
- The Planet Destroyer (2000) ... (writer)
20.The Sylvester &Tweety Mysteries (TV Series) (4 episodes, 1998 - 1999) (writer - 21 episodes, 1996 - 1999)
- The Tail End/This Is the End (1999) ... (writer)
- When Harry Met Sallieri/Early Woim Gets the Boid (1999) ... (writer - segment "The Early Woim Gets the Boid", as The Trio)
- This Is the Kitty/An Eye for an Aye Aye (1999) ... (writer - segment "An Eye for an Aye Aye", as The Trio)
- When Granny Ruled the Earth/Dutch Tweet (1999) ... (writer - segment "Dutch Tweet", as The Trio)
- Brussels Sprouts/The Golden Bird of Shangri-Claw (1999) ... (segment "The Golden Bird of Shangri-Claw", as The Trio)
- Whatever Happened to Shorty Twang?/A Big Knight Out (1999) ... (writer - segment "A Big Knight Out", as The Trio)
- Son of Roswell That Ends Well/A Mynah Problem (1999) ... (writer)
- The Fifty Karat Furball/Venice, Anyone? (1999) ... (writer - segment "The Fifty Karat Furball", as The Trio)
- Feather Christmas/A Fist Full of Lutefisk (1998) ... (segment "A Fist Full of Lutefisk", as The Trio)
- The Rotha-Khan/Good Bird Hunting (1998) ... (segment "Good Bird Hunting", as The Trio)
- Casino Evil/Happy Bath Day to You (1998) ... (writer - segment "Happy Bath Day to You", as The Trio)
- The San Francisco Beat/The Triangle of Terror (1998) ... (writer - segment "The Triangle of Terror", as The Trio)
- Hold the Lyin' King Please/Suite Mystery of Wife (1998) ... (writer - segment "Hold the Lyin' King Please", as The Trio)
- You're Thor?!/I Gopher You (1998) ... (writer)
- The Stilted Perch/A Game of Cat and Monster (1998) ... (writer)
- A Good Nephew Is Hard to Find/Mirage Sale (1998) ... (writer - as The Trio)
- Ice Cat-Pades/To Catch a Puddy (1998) ... (writer - segment "Ice Cat-Pades", as The Trio)
- The Shell Game/Rasslin' Rhapsody (1998) ... (as The Trio)
- Fleas Release Me/Niagara's Fallen (1998) ... (writer - segment "Fleas Release Me", as The Trio)
- 3 Days & 2 Nights of the Condor/El dia de los pussygatos (1997) ... (writer - as The Trio)
- Is Paris Stinking?/Fangs for the Memories (1997) ... (writer - segment "Is Paris Stinking?", as The Trio)
- Keep Your Pantheon/London Broiled (1996) ... (writer - segment "Keep Your Pantheon")
- Curse of De Nile/Hawaii 33-1/3 (1996) ... (writer - segment "Curse of De Nile")
- The Scare Up There/If It's Wednesday, This Must Be Holland (1996) ... (writer)
- Catch as Catch Cannes/Yodel Recall (1996) ... (writer)
21. Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths & Legends (TV Series, 2001-2002) (1 episode)
- Back Spin (1999) ... (as The Trio)
22. Hercules (TV Series, 2001-2002) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hercules and the Owl of Athens (1998) ... (writer)
23. Jumanji (TV Series, 2001-2002) (5 episodes)
- Perfect Match (1997) ... (as The Trio)
- Stormy Weather (1996) ... (as The Trio)
- The Law of Jumanji (1996) ... (as The Trio)
- Masked Identity (1996) ... (as The Trio)
- Bargaining for Time (1996) ... (as The Trio)
24. The Wedding Tape (1996)
25. Quack Pack (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes, 1996) (written by - 1 episode, 1996)
- Hero Today, Don Tomorrow (1996) ... (writer)
- Ducks by Nature (1996) ... (writer)
- Phoniest Home Videos (1996) ... (written by)
- All Hands on Duck (1996) ... (writer)
- The Really Mighty Ducks (1996) ... (writer)
26. The Mask (TV Series, 1996) (written by - 1 episode)
- Rain of Terror (1996) ... (written by)
27. Earthworm Jim (TV Series, 1995) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Egg Beater (1995) ... (writer)
28. Bonkers (TV Series, 1993) (writer - 9 episodes)
- Comeback Kid (1993) ... (writer)
- The Final Review (1993) ... (writer)
- Never Cry Pig (1993) ... (writer)
- In the Bag (1993) ... (writer)
- Going Bonkers (1993) ... (writer)
- Toon for a Day (1993) ... (writer)
- Fistful of Anvils (1993) ... (writer)
- The Toon That Ate Hollywood (1993) ... (writer)
- Bobcat Fever (1993) ... (writer)
29. Marsupilami (TV Series, 1993) (writer - 3 episodes)
- A Spotless Record/A Boy and His Crab/Mars vs. Man (1993) ... (writer)
- Hey, Hey, They're the Monkeys/Jingle Bells, Something Smells/Prime Mates Forever (1993) ... (writer)
- Mar-Sup-Du-Jour/Kung-Fu Kitty/Romancing the Clone (1993) ... (writer)
30.Raw Toonage (TV Series, 1992) (writer - 1 episode)
- Quest for Firewood/Badly Animated Man/Safari So Good (1992) ... (writer)
31. Darkwing Duck (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes, 1991 - 1992) (written by - 1 episode, 1991)
- Hot Spells (1992) ... (writer)
- Twitching Channels (1992) ... (writer)
- It's a Wonderful Leaf (1991) ... (writer)
- Ghoul of My Dreams (1991) ... (writer)
- Comic Book Capers (1991) ... (writer)
- Dirty Money (1991) ... (writer)
- Beauty and the Beet (1991) ... (written by)
32. The Yuppie (Short, 1988) (writer)

Honors:
-“The Yuppie”(1988) was nominated for “Best Short Film” in 1988 at Chicago International Film Festival
-“The Yuppie” (1988) won Student Academy Awards, USA in 1989
-The Sylvester &Tweety Mysteries (1995) was nominated for “Outstanding Special ClassAnimated Program”in 1999at Daytime Emmy Awards
-The Sylvester &Tweety Mysteries (1995) was nominated for “Outstanding Special Class Animated Program” in 2000 at Daytime Emmy Awards
-Tutenstein (2003) was nominated for “Outstanding Special Class Animated Program” in 2006 at Daytime Emmy Awards

Related Links:
“The real world” (1988): https://vimeo.com/32303171
“The Yuppie”(1988): https://vimeo.com/32120291

Bibliographic References:
-www.imdb.com
-vimeo.com

Contributors to This Listing:
Rob Humphrey, Tom Hart, Anh Pham.

Animators Hall of Fame