Enrico Casarosa

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Enrico Casarosa
Casarosa in 2014
Born (1971-11-20) November 20, 1971 (age 51)
Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • storyboard artist
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (2002–present)
SpouseMarit Casarosa[1]
ChildrenFio Casarosa

Enrico Casarosa (born November 20, 1971)[2][3] is an Italian filmmaker, who works for Pixar. He directed the short film La Luna (2011) and the feature film Luca (2021), which both films were nominated for the Academy Awards.[4]

Early life[edit]

Casarosa was born in Genoa, Italy, but moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.


He then worked as a background designer and storyboard artist on various Disney Channel TV series, including 101 Dalmatians: The Series and PB&J Otter.[5] Before joining Pixar, Casarosa worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age.

In 2002, Casarosa joined Pixar, where he worked as a story artist on Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2.[6] In late 2004, Casarosa started a drawing marathon community called SketchCrawl and has been organizing the event ever since.[7] In 2011, his short film La Luna premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France,[8] and was released theatrically with Pixar's Brave in 2012.[4]

He then worked as head of story on The Good Dinosaur when Bob Peterson was directing the project beginning in 2011, and as a story artist on Coco.[9][10]

Casarosa most recently directed the Pixar Animation Studios film Luca, released on Disney+ on June 18, 2021, in the United States.[11][12][13] The film received generally positive reviews from critics for its nostalgic feel and acting and the film won a Hollywood Critics Association award for Best Picture.

In October 2022, Cararosa was confirmed to be developing another original Pixar feature film.[14]



Year Title Director Writer Supervisor Artist Other Voice Notes
2002 Ice Age No No No Story No
2005 Robots No No No Story No Uncredited [5] [15]
2006 Cars No No No Story No
2007 Ratatouille No No No Story No
2009 Up No No No Story No
2011 Cars 2 No No No Story No
2015 The Good Dinosaur No No Story No No Additional
2017 Coco No No No Story Yes Pixar Senior Creative Team
2018 Incredibles 2 No No No No Yes
2019 Toy Story 4 No No No No Yes
2020 Onward No No No No Yes
Soul No No No No Yes
2021 Luca Yes Story No No Yes Card Player / Angry Fisherman
2022 Turning Red No No No No Yes
Lightyear No No No No Yes
2023 Elemental No No No No Yes


Year Title Director Writer Artist Producer
2011 La Luna Yes Yes No No
2016 Piper No No Story No
2021 Ciao Alberto No No No Executive

Featurettes and TV[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders 13 episodes
Background design, storyboard revision
1997 The Secret of Anastasia Direct-to-video
Lead character model designer, background layout designer
The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series 23 episodes
Storyboard artist, storyboard revision artist, designer
1998–2000 PB&J Otter 18 episodes
Background artist, storyboard artist


  • The Adventures of Mia, Volume One (2001) graphic novel
  • Fragments (2001) art book with Ronnie Del Carmen
  • The Adventures of Mia, Volume Two (2004) graphic novel
  • Fragments Intermezzo (2004) art book
  • Flight, Volume One (2004) part of a larger comic anthology
  • Three Trees Make a Forest (2007) exhibition art book with Ronnie Del Carmen and Tadahiro Uesugi
  • Totoro Forest Project (2008) with Daisuke Tsutsumi, Ronnie Del Carmen, and Yukino Pang
  • The Venice Chronicles (2008)
  • Disney Picture Book: La Luna (2012) in support of La Luna
  • Disney Pixar: The Art of Luca (2021) in support of Luca

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Year Category Work Result Ref(s)
Academy Awards 2012 Best Animated Short Film La Luna Nominated [16]
2022 Best Animated Feature Luca Nominated [17]
Annie Awards 2016 Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a Feature Production The Good Dinosaur Nominated [18]
2022 Outstanding Achievement for Directing in a Feature Production Luca Nominated [19]
British Academy Film Awards 2022 Best Animated Film Luca Nominated [20]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Short Form Program Ciao Alberto Nominated [21]
Golden Globe Awards 2022 Best Animated Feature Film Luca Nominated [22]

Special projects[edit]

In 2008, Enrico Casarosa (along with Ronnie del Carmen, Daisuke Tsutsumi and Yukino Pang) initiated the Totoro Forest Project, a fundraising exhibition/auction to support the non-profit Totoro Forest Foundation.[23] This initiative also produced a corresponding art book reprinting the various pieces contributed and included the likes of James Jean, Charles Vess, Iain McCaig and William Joyce among others.[24]


  1. ^ Andrew Wheeler (November 10, 2008). "Review: 'The Venice Chronicles' by Enrico Casarosa". ComicM!x. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Enrico Casarosa (November 20, 2011). "hey Biden stole my birthday!". Twitter.
  3. ^ Enrico Casarosa (October 19, 2021). "I'm from 71. I turn 50 in a month or so". Twitter.
  4. ^ a b "Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Rizvi, Samad (May 6, 2011). "Get To Know 'La Luna' Director Enrico Casarosa". Pixar Times. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Sarto, Dan (February 13, 2012). "Oscar 2012: Pixar's Enrico Casarosa and Kevin Reher Talk 'La Luna'". Animation World Network. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "SketchCrawl™ – drawing marathons from around the world". www.sketchcrawl.com. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Casarosa, Enrico (June 7, 2011). "La Luna – the poster". Enrico's nlog. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Patches, Matt (October 3, 2011). "Exclusive: Enrico Casarosa on His Whimsical, New Pixar Short 'La Luna'". Hollywood.com. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Pixar's Luca Interview: Enrico Casarosa And Andrea Warren". Screen Rant. April 28, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Desowitz, Bill (July 30, 2020). "Pixar Sets Summer 2021 Release for Italian Coming-of-Age 'Luca' Feature". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Rubin, Rebecaa (July 30, 2020). "Pixar Shares Details About Next Original Film 'Luca'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Julie & T.J. Wolsos (July 30, 2020). "Pixar's Next Film, 'LUCA' Coming to Theaters June 2021 — Directed by Enrico Casarosa". Pixar Post. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  14. ^ @sketchcrawl (October 7, 2022). "A sequel is not currently in the works. I love Luca and it's characters of course … but I'm developing a new original film" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Beck, Jerry (February 14, 2012). "Oscar Focus: Enrico Casarosa Talks "La Luna"". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  16. ^ "The 84th Academy Awards | 2012". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  17. ^ "The 94th Academy Awards | 2022". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  18. ^ Flores, Terry (December 1, 2015). "'Inside Out,' 'Good Dinosaur' Lead Annie Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  19. ^ "49th Annie Awards". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  20. ^ "Film in 2022 | BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  21. ^ "NATAS announces nominations for first annual Children's & Family Emmys" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. November 10, 2022. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  22. ^ "Luca | Golden Globes". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  23. ^ Gallo, Irene (July 21, 2008). "Dice Tsutsumi on The Totoro Forest Project". Tor.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  24. ^ Parker, Charley (September 6, 2008). "The Totoro Forest Project". Lines and Colors.

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