J. G. Quintel

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J. G. Quintel
Quintel at Comic-Con International in 2011
Born James Garland Quintel
(1982-09-13) September 13, 1982 (age 31)
Hanford, CA, United States
Residence Los Angeles
Citizenship United States
Occupation Animator, writer, voice actor
Years active 2004–present
Known for Regular Show
2 in the AM PM
The Naive Man from Lolliland
Spouse(s) Cassia Streb (2010–present)
Parents James Allen Quintel
Terri Quintel (née Morris)
Relatives Payton Dean Quintel (younger brother)
Lynn Streb Quintel (daughter)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award winner (2012), Primetime Emmy Award nominee (2011), Annie Award nominee (2010), Nicktoons Film Festival Producers Choice Award and Student Animator Award (2005)
J. G. Quintel's Twitter page

James Garland "J. G." Quintel (born September 13, 1982) is an American animator, television writer, and voice actor. Best known as the creator of the animated television series Regular Show, which airs on Cartoon Network, Quintel also was the creative director for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, an animated series that appeared on television from June 2008 to August 2010. In December 2009, ASIFA-Hollywood nominated Quintel for an Annie Award in the category of "Directing in a Television Production" for his directing work on an episode of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. In September 2011, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated Quintel for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Short-format Animated Program category for Regular Show. Quintel currently works for Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California developing episodes for Regular Show.

Early life[edit]

J. G. Quintel was born James Garland Quintel[1][2] on September 13, 1982 to Terri (née Morris) and James Allen Quintel. He also has a younger brother, Payton Dean Quintel. He grew up in Hanford, California.[3] According to Quintel, Hanford's geography is kind of flat and there "was not a ton to do" when he was growing up there in the 1980s and 1990s, so Quintel and his friends were always looking for ways to entertain themselves, features Quintel would later incorporate into his animated television series Regular Show.[3]

As a preteen and into his teenage years, Quintel loved drawing and watching cartoons such as The Simpsons, Beavis and Butt-head, and The Moxy Show, as well as British shows, such The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh.[4] He often played the video game ToeJam and Earl, the influence of which Quintel later described as "the perfect platform for Mordecai and Rigby" characters of Regular Show.[3] Quintel also became influenced by music from the 1980s and later added 1980s music into Regular Show.[3]

In 1997, Quintel began attending Hanford High School.[5] In 1998, when Quintel was 16 and a sophomore at Hanford High, Quintel's father James gave Quintel a video camera, which Quintel used, along with Lego men and crude paper cutouts, to create a few minutes of stop motion film for several short film projects at Hanford High School.[4][5] To expand his artistry, Quintel took an AP literature class and a pottery class at Hanford High as well as took a summer class where Quintel learned how to animate films and make flip books.[4][5] Quintel also worked at a movie theater[6] and at "a lot of minimum wage jobs," just as 23-year olds Mordecai and Rigby work for minimum wage at a park.[3] In May 2000, Quintel was nominated as a 12th grade California academic all-star from Hanford High School.[7]


After high school, Quintel attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. At CalArts, Quintel and about 20 fellow students, including now-voice artist Sam Marin, developed their short films by throwing title names (such as "lollypop" or "candy") into a hat, drawing them out, and reading them aloud at midnight as a warm up, where they would each then rush back to their desks in a marathon effort to make a film in 48 hours based the one word drawn.[3] In the spring of 2005, this CalArts process led Quintel to put together a short animated film about an ambassador who loses his cool during a benign encounter.[8] Quintel titled his new film The Naive Man from Lolliland.[8] Moreover, as Quintel's first exposure to the animation industry, Quintel obtained a 2004 internship at Cartoon Network to work on the TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars. At CalArts, Quintel would also meet another student by the name of Pendleton Ward with whom he would later work with on the Cartoon Network series, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Ward would later use his experience from Flapjack, to go on to create the Emmy award winning Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time.

During the fall of Quintel's fourth year at CalArts, The Naive Man from Lolliland won both the Producers Choice Award (an Apple G5 computer and a copy of Bauhaus Software's Mirage animation software) and the Student Animator Award (US$1,000 and a copy of Softimage XSI 3D computer graphics software) at the 2005 Nextoons Nicktoons Film Festival.[8][9] In response to Quintel's success at the 2005 Nicktoons Film Festival, Fred Seibert, an entertainment entrepreneur and television and film producer, identified Quintel as "an original talent to watch out for in the future."[9] Quintel's hometown local newspaper, the Hanford Sentinel, noted Quintel's success at the 2005 Nicktoons Film Festival as being one of 2005's moments from a memorable year.[10] In December 2005, Quintel graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA degree in character animation.[11]

At about this same time, Quintel passed a test and began working as a storyboard revisionist for Cartoon Network's Camp Lazlo.[4] In May 2006, Nicktoons announced that Quintel would be one of six judges at the 3rd Annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival.[11][12] In 2007, Quintel entered his short film, 2 in the AM PM, in the 30th annual Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.[13] In 2 in the AM PM, two slackers are left alone to run a convenience store/gas station on Halloween night, where candy filled with drugs creates a mini-nightmare.[14] Quintel later used some of these 2 in the AM PM characters in Regular Show.[3]

In 2008, Quintel pitched Regular Show for the Cartoonstitute project at Cartoon Network by using a storyboard, with his reasoning that, "I don’t think me verbally pitching such an odd concept would have made any sense to anyone."[3] In 2009, Cartoon Network ordered more episodes of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as well as greenlit Quintel's project, Regular Show.[15] The agreement upon the premise of Regular Show was that the series would be about two park groundskeepers, Mordecai (a 6-foot blue jay) and Rigby (a hyperactive raccoon),[16] who try to entertain themselves at their jobs while doing anything they can to avoid work and escape their everyday boredom.[15] Along with his success at getting approval to develop Regular Show, in December 2009, Quintel and director John Infantino were nominated for an ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award in the category of "Directing in a Television Production" for their directing work on the Candy Casanova episode in Season 2 of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.[17] However, American animation director and fellow CalArts graduate Bret Haaland subsequently took the director Annie Award in February 2010 for Haaland's work on The Penguins of Madagascar – Launchtime.[18] Nine months after Quintel was nominated for an Annie Award, Regular Show debuted in New York at 8:15 P.M. EST on September 6, 2010.[19] In September 2011, while the first season of Regular Show was being aired, Quintel was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Short-format Animated Program category as executive producer and creator of Regular Show.[20] However, his Regular Show series was beat out for the award by the ABC animated special, Disney Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa.[21]

By March 2012, Quintel was directing a crew of about 35 to develop each episode of Regular Show, which takes about nine months to go from idea to final product.[5][22] Quintel currently works for Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California developing episodes for Regular Show and provides his real voice to the 23-year-old blue jay Regular Show character Mordecai.[5] In commenting on his voice acting, Quintel noted how he has an easy going nature and never yells in real life, so he had to learn how to yell as the Mordecai character.[3]



Year Film Role Notes Ref.
2005 The Naive Man from Lolliland Creator Short film [8]
2006 2 in the AM PM Creator, voice actor [13]
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Additional storyboard artist Feature film


Year Series Role Notes Ref.
2004 Star Wars: Clone Wars Apprentice storyboard revisionist Internship while at CalArts
2006 Camp Lazlo Storyboard artist/director/revisionist Quintel passed a test for this position [4]
2008 Phineas and Ferb Writer/storyboard artist Episode: "Jerk De Soleil"
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Creative director/storyboard artist Worked with Thurop Van Orman on Camp Lazlo
2010 Adventure Time Writer/storyboard artist Episode: "Ocean of Fear"
Regular Show Creator/executive producer/voice actor/writer (2010–present) [3]


Year Award Category Role Series Result Ref.
2005 Nicktoons Film Festival Producers Choice Award Producer The Naive Man from Lolliland Won [9]
Student Animator Award Animator Won
2010 Annie Award Directing in a Television Production Co-director The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Nominated [17]
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-format Animated Program Executive producer and creator Regular Show Nominated [20]
2012 Won [23]
2013 Nominated


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