Born and raised in the Italian coastal city of Genoa, Enrico Casarosa grew up loving art and animation. As a boy, Enrico loved to draw, read comics and watch the work of famous Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, a constant influence in Casarosa’s career. While bored studying engineering in Italy, Enrico left home for New York City to study his passion, art. He would spend some time at the Fashion Institute of Technology to study fashion illustration and the School of Visual Arts to study animation.
After school Enrico worked as a background and story artist on several Disney Channel TV series’ including 101 Dalmatians: The Series and PB & J Otter. He move over to Blue Sky studios to work on Ice Age and Robots, and in 2002, he made his way to Pixar Animation Studios.
While at Pixar, Enrico worked as a story artist on Cars, Ratatouille, and Up before developing his own short film La Luna. La Luna was born out of Enrico’s experiences growing up between two very strong figures in his life, his father and grandfather. Enrico loved the idea of creating his own mythology for La Luna, as well as maintaining a visceral storybook quality in the storytelling. Enrico has said he drew inspiration from the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella The Little Prince, and the stories of Italian writer Italo Calvino. He even wrote and illustrated the companion La Luna story book.
Enrico is also passionate about his side projects. Enrico has developed his own comic books, The Adventures of Mia, Venice Chronicles, and Haiku 5-7-5. He also produced a compilation book of personal artwork with fellow Pixarian and good friend Ronnie Del Carmen called Fragments. Don’t miss his latest work, Sketchcrawling.
He is currently working as Head of Story on Bob Petersen’s film The Good Dinosaur set to release in 2014.
- The Secret of Anastasia (background, layout designer)
- The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules (background, layout designer, lead character model designer)
- Ice Age (story artist)
- Robots (story artist)
- Ratatouille (story artist)
- Up (story artist)
- La Luna (writer, director)
- The Good Dinosaur (head of story)
- The Adventures of Mia
- The Venice Chronicles
- Haiku 5-7-5
- La Luna
- Enrico has met his childhood inspiration Miyazaki-san twice, once at Pixar and another at Studio Ghibli
- Lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Marit and their little daughter Fio Giulietta.
- Check out Enrico’s personal website