Kirsten Lepore

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Kirsten Lepore
Alma materMaryland Institute College of Art (BFA)
CalArts (MFA)
Known forAnimation, stop motion

Kirsten Lepore is an American animator, best known for her stop motion short films like "Sweet Dreams", "Bottle", and "Move Mountain". From 2014 to 2015, she worked on an episode of the American cartoon series Adventure Time entitled "Bad Jubies", serving as writer, storyboard artist, and director. The episode eventually aired on January 14, 2016 to critical acclaim.


In an interview with The A.V. Club, Lepore explained that, as a child, she was fascinated by the animation techniques used by both Disney and the Jim Henson Company.[1] In high school, she began to earnestly explore art, and as a young adult, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied "experimental animation". Her undergraduate thesis was the short stop motion film entitled "Sweet Dreams".[1][2] Following college, she applied to studios and freelanced on the side, but she "never heard back from the studios, and the freelance work kept coming."[2] She returned to her parents' house and began working on ads and small production projects. During this phase in her life, she felt that she did not have enough technical expertise.[1] As a result, she attended CalArts, graduating in 2012 with a Master of Fine Arts in experimental animation.[1][3] Her graduate thesis, a short film entitled "Move Mountain", caught the attention of Adventure Time showrunner Adam Muto, and Lepore eventually guest-animated the episode "Bad Jubies".[1][4]


Lepore has won various awards, including a Student Annie Award, a South by Southwest special jury award for animation, and an Annecy + award for best animation.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Description Role
2007 "Story from North America" Short film Director, animator
2008 "Sweet Dreams" Short film, BFA thesis Writer, director
2011 "Bottle" Short film Writer, director
2013 "Move Mountain" Short film, MFA thesis Writer, director
2014–15 "Bad Jubies" Adventure Time episode Writer, storyboard artist, director
2016 "Hi Stranger" Short film Writer, director, animator
2018 "It's My Party" Summer Camp Island episode Writer, storyboard artist
2022 I Am Groot Short film series Director, executive producer[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sava, Oliver (January 14, 2016). "Adventure Time's Kirsten Lepore on the Joys and Pains of Stop Motion Animation". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lepore, Kirsten (July 1, 2009). "Animation Magazine Feature". Flickr. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Alumni Accomplishments: 04/29/2012". May 27, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Lloyd, Robert (January 14, 2016). "Kirsten Lepore Brings a Real Third Dimension to 'Adventure Time'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Info // Contact". Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Paige, Rachel (November 12, 2021). "Disney+ Day 2021: New Look at 'I Am Groot'". Marvel Entertainment. Retrieved November 12, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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