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Mitchell L. Schauer (pronounced "shower") (born December 18, 1955 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma) is an American animation professional who's been involved in children's programming, primetime live-action series and feature films since 1978. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the critically acclaimed, animated Nickelodeon sitcom, The Angry Beavers.
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He briefly attended Tulsa Junior College, then studied with Disney's character animation program at California Institute of the Arts ('76–77). He graduated with a BFA degree in Advertising and Illustration from Art Center - College of Design in 1980.
Besides working in animation, Schauer has also been a book illustrator including comic books (DNAgents, Jonny Quest) children's books such as Pogman, with his most recently published work being as writer/illustrator of his own graphic novel, Rip M.D. and cover artist for Famous Monsters of Filmland (Oct. 2011).
Beginning as an animation layout artist then switching over to freelance storyboard artist, Schauer has worked for virtually every television animation production company in the industry. His first assignment as producer was The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, leading to his winning of an Emmy Award in 1995 as producer of Warner Brothers' Freakazoid!. In 1997, he created The Angry Beavers for Nickelodeon. His daughters, Stacy and Chelsea voiced the Beaver brothers' younger sisters in two episodes and an unaired pilot, "Simply Sisters."
Partnering with Paul Rugg, he co-created and co-directed The Sam Plenty Cavalcade of Action Show Plus Singing! for the Jim Henson Company.
Having completed character model designs and storyboarding for Marvel/Lionsgate's direct-to-DVD animated features, Schauer has recently wrapped his Supervising Director chores on 52 episodes of The Super Hero Squad Show for Marvel and Film Roman and begun preproduction on another Marvel series to be released through their own animation studio. He is also developing animated features based on his concepts, Rip M.D., TARGET! HARRY SHANKS and a live-action untitled horror biopic.
Married: Cindy (1978–present) Children: Stacy (b. 1980) Chelsea (b. 1982) Robert (b. 1986)
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