Guido Quaroni

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Guido Quaroni
Born (1967-11-09) 9 November 1967 (age 50)
Monza, Italy
Other names Guido
Occupation Computer scientist, visual effects supervisor, voice actor
Years active 1987–present

Guido Quaroni (born 9 November 1967) is an Italian visual effects supervisor, voice actor and Head of Software R&D at Pixar Animation Studios. He was one of the developers of solidThinking, a NURBS based 3D modeling and rendering software.


Early Days[edit]

He attended the faculty of Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy from 1987 to 1992. In 1991, he started his professional career as a software engineer designing and writing the first version of solidThinking, a NURBS based 3D modeling and rendering software for the NeXT platform. solidThinking was awarded as the best new application in the "CAD and 3D" category at NeXTWORLD EXPO held in San Francisco in June 1993.

Working at Pixar[edit]

As Technical Director[edit]

In 1996, Quaroni interviewed during SIGGRAPH in New Orleans for a position at Pixar and in January 1997, he moved to the United States to start working on Toy Story 2 (1999). He worked initially as a generalist Technical Director on Toy Story 2 by performing, modeling, articulation, shading, and special effects tasks. In 2000, he was promoted as a sequence supervisor for the movie Monsters, Inc. (2001) focusing on dynamic simulations and special effects. Upon completion of the movie in 2001, Quaroni moved to the Software R&D division, leading the team responsible for the shading and texturing production pipeline.

In 2007, Quaroni returned to production taking the role as a Supervising Technical Director for Toy Story 3 (2010) leading the teams also responsible for characters, sets, animation controls, surface materials, lighting, special effects, and rendering.[1] In 2010, Quaroni took the role of Supervising Technical Director for Monsters University (2013) In 2011, Quaroni was promoted to V.P. of Software R&D

As voice actor[edit]

As a voice actor, Quaroni provided voices for several of Pixar's films[2]Monsters, Inc., Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011), and Cars 3 (2017). He performed additional voices for the Cars Toons episode Tokyo Mater.


Year Film Position
1999 Toy Story 2 Modeling, Shading, Artuculation and FX Artist
2001 Monsters, Inc. Sequence Supervisor: Simulation and Effect/Voice of Tony the Grocer
2003 Finding Nemo Lead Studio Tools Research and Development
2004 The Incredibles Lead Studio Tools Research and Development
2006 Cars Lead Studio Tools Research and Development/Voice of Guido
2007 Ratatouille Production Engineering Team Lead
2008 WALL-E Production Engineering Team Lead
2008 Tokyo Mater Additional Voices
2010 Toy Story 3 Supervising Technical Director
2011 Cars 2 Voice of Guido
2013 Monsters University Supervising Technical Director
2017 Cars 3 Voice of Guido


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  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 4 October 2015.