Disher in 2015
Karen Beth Disher
August 7, 1972
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
|Occupation||Film director, storyboard artist|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Partington (m. 2001-present)|
Karen Beth Disher (born August 7, 1972) is an American film director and storyboard artist who has played in many voice-over roles in movies, TV, cartoons and video games. She is an artist at Blue Sky Studios, an in-house studio at 20th Century Fox Animation.
Life and career
Disher graduated from Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation she joined MTV, where she designed the main characters and was the supervising director on an animated television series Daria. Meanwhile, she directed two TV feature-length instalments in the series, Is It Fall Yet? in 2000 and the follow-up Is It College Yet? in 2002. She then joined Blue Sky Studios, where she worked as story artist on many animated films, including Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Epic. She was also the head of story on Rio, and directed a short animated film Surviving Sid and a television special Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, both part of the Ice Age franchise. In addition to story boarding and directing, she lent her voice to some minor characters in the films she worked on, most notably to Scratte in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
|1996||Beavis and Butt-head Do America||key pose artist|
|2000||Is It Fall Yet?||director/original character development/supervising director|
|2002||Is It College Yet?||director/original character development/animation director|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||story artist|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Who Kid|
|Surviving Sid (short film)||S'more||director|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Scratte||storyboard artist|
|2011||Rio||Mother Bird||head of story|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Scratte||storyboard artist|
|2015||The Peanuts Movie||story artist|
|2016||Ice Age: Collision Course'"||story artist|
|1994–1997||Beavis and Butt-head||layout artist|
|1997–2002||Daria||Sally||supervising director/original character designer|
|2011||Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas||Molehog||director|
|2000||Daria's Inferno||creative consultant|
- "WEDDINGS; Karen Disher, Robert Partington". The New York Times. May 13, 2001. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- Tisch Special Programs (January 21, 2011). "Master Class with Karen Disher". YouTube. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "Karen Disher in Tisch Asia: Metamorphosis of a Film". Tisch Asia Blog. November 26, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Production Notes" (PDF). Visual Hollywood. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 1, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
Karen Disher, who heads the film’s story department, voices Scratte. But Disher’s responsibilities extended beyond her vocal work. Unlike the film’s main story, scripted by Michael Berg & Peter Ackerman and Mike Reiss and Yoni Brenner, from a story by Jason Carter Eaton, the story department, working closely with Saldanha, created the Scrat-Scratte scenes. Disher and her team embraced the task of inventing new challenges for the beloved Scrat. “Working on the Scrat-Scratte scenes is the purest form of animation,” she notes.
- Beck, Jerry (October 5, 2015). "Behind the Scenes: The Making of The Peanuts Movie at the Schulz Museum". Animation Scoop. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- Amidi, Amid (13 February 2018). "Karen Disher Set To Be First Woman Director At Blue Sky Studios". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
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