David Feiss

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David Feiss
Born (1959-04-16) April 16, 1959 (age 61)
Sacramento, California, United States
OccupationWriter, director, storyboard artist, animator
Years active1978–present
Pilar Menendez
m. 1983; div. 2009)
[1][2][citation needed]
Annmarie Ashkar Feiss
m. 2009)
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David Feiss (born April 16, 1959) is an American animator[3] and the creator of Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel.


Feiss was born in Sacramento, California. He joined Hanna-Barbera around 1978 while still a teenager.[3]

He worked on the 1980s revival of The Jetsons, was a key animator on the Jetsons movie, co-animated the Ren and Stimpy pilot "Big House Blues", was an animation director on The Ren & Stimpy Show during its first season and created the Cartoon Network original series Cow and Chicken and its spin-off, I Am Weasel. Feiss stated that The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends was the primary influence for his work.[4] On his shows, David directed every episode and also worked as a writer, his writing credits usually collaborated with Michael Ryan.

Feiss co-directed the animated segments of The Adventures of Hyperman, a computer game released in 1995 by IBM.

In issues #5 and #30 of his cousin Sam Kieth's comic book The Maxx, David showcased his work with The Crappon (which looks like the Warner Bros. frog mascot Michigan J. Frog), Fred Flower and Uncle Italian Moose, which had a very similar style to Cow and Chicken (they are reprinted in WildStorm's The Maxx Volumes 1 and 5 trades). Feiss also collaborated with Kieth on a story featured in Parody Press's 1992 one-shot comic book Pummeler, spoofing Marvel Comics' famous character The Punisher.[5]

In 2006, he was the head of story for Sony's first CG animated film, Open Season.


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Heavy Metal animator: segment "Taarna"
1982 Heidi's Song assistant animator
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure animator
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show animator: segments/graphic designer
1988 Katy Meets the Aliens animator
1990 Jetsons: The Movie key animator
Rockin' Through the Decades animator
1991 The Ren & Stimpy Show animation director
1993 Once Upon a Forest animator
The Town Santa Forgot storyboard artist
A Flintstone Family Christmas storyboard artist
1993-1995 The Pink Panther (TV series) storyboard artist
1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 storyboard artist/character designer/directing animator
1997–1999 Cow and Chicken creator/writer/storyboard artist/director/animation director/supervising director[6]/character designer
1997–2000 I Am Weasel creator/writer/storyboard artist/director/animation director/character designer
2000 Lost Cat writer/storyboard artist/director/character designer
2003 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy storyboard artist: segment "Smarten Up!"
2004-2005 Dave the Barbarian Main Title Storyboard Artist
2006 Open Season head of story
2007 The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas writer
2008 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera storyboard artist: segment "The Return of Plata Peligrosa"
2009 Astro Boy Cowboy Robot storyboard artist
2011 Rango storyboard artist
Thriller Night writer
Gift of the Night Fury story artist
2012 YooHoo & Friends Santa Claus creator, director, executive producer, writer, character designer
2013 Despicable Me 2 additional story artist
Free Birds storyboard artist
2014 Super Manny, Earl Scouts, Steve's First Bath, and Attack of the 50 Ft. Gummy Bear[7] director
The Boxtrolls additional story artist
Penguins of Madagascar storyboard artist
2015 Minions additional story artist
Hotel Transylvania 2 story artist
2016 Open Season: Scared Silly[8] director
The Secret Life of Pets story artist
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village storyboard artist
Despicable Me 3 additional story artist
The Emoji Movie storyboard artist (uncredited)
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation storyboard artist
The Grinch additional story artist
2019 Wonder Park creative direction (uncredited)
UglyDolls storyboard artist
The Secret Life of Pets 2 story artist


  1. ^ Fritz, Steve (November 13, 2000). "Meet Charlie Adler, The New King of Voice Actors". Mania.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. David got that idea from his wife, Pilar, who is Spanish.
  2. ^ "August Issue News Section". Animation World Network. August 1996. Retrieved December 31, 2016. ...Pilar Feiss, director,...
  3. ^ a b Lenburg, Jeff, Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television (Applause Theater & Cinema Books, 2006), 80.
  4. ^ "From 'Cow & Chicken' to 'Open Season': Q&A with David Feiss". Cartoon Brew. November 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  5. ^ "David Feiss". Comic Book Database. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Animator Profile - David Feiss". Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on May 16, 2006. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "David Feiss". Sony Pictures Animation. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Sony Pictures Animation (June 10, 2015). "OPEN SEASON is Back with a Brand New Comedy Adventure!" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved June 10, 2015.

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