Lino DiSalvo

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Lino DiSalvo
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BornJune 5, 1974
Brooklyn, NY
Alma materVancouver Film School
OccupationFilm Director, Animator
Known forFrozen, Tangled, Bolt, Chicken Little
Spouse(s)Rosanna Rizzuto-DiSalvo

Lino DiSalvo, is an American animator and film director. In February 2016, Lino signed on to develop, direct and produce the upcoming Playmobil movie. The animated feature will be produced by ON Animation, known for The Little Prince, and is set to release in 2019.[1] In addition to Playmobil, he will also be directing the upcoming movie, Badalisc, based on Italian folklore[2] and producing Little Nemo in Slumberland for ON Animation.[3] Previously, he is known for serving as Head of Animation on Academy Award for Best Animated Feature winning film Frozen.[4]

DiSalvo graduated from Vancouver Film School and immediately began working for Walt Disney Animation Studios at the age of 23.[5] Before Frozen, Lino worked as an animator on films like Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little, and as an animating supervisor on feature films, Bolt and Tangled,[6] where he was most involved in the animating of character Flynn Rider.[7]

After 16 years at Disney,[5] DiSalvo was tapped by Paramount Animation as its Creative Director and director of a new animated feature film.[8]

DiSalvo, born in Brooklyn, New York considers himself an aficionado of Jim Henson's Muppets. He was first inspired to pursue animation after seeing The Lion King on the big screen in 1994.


Year Title Director Animator Actor Role Notes
1999 Inspector Gadget Yes
2000 102 Dalmatians Yes
2002 Reign of Fire Yes
2003 Kangaroo Jack Yes
2005 Chicken Little Yes
2007 Meet the Robinsons Yes
2008 Bolt Yes Yes Supervising Animator Voice of Vinnie
2009 Prep & Landing Yes Yes Supervising Animator Voice of Gristletoe Joe
2010 Tangled Yes Supervising Animator
2011 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Yes Animation Supervisor
2013 Frozen Yes Head of Animation
2019 Playmobil: The Movie Yes Producer
Badalisc Yes Producer
Little Nemo in Slumberland Producer


  1. ^ N'Duka, Amanda. "Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Voice Cast Of Open Road's 'Playmobil'". Deadline. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa. "Michel Hazanavicius-Penned 'Little Jules Verne' Sails With ON Animation". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ Keslassy, Elsa. "ON Animation, 'Moana's' Hyrum Osmond Team for 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Oscar Winners 2015: The Complete List - 86th Academy Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-01-10.
  5. ^ a b "Lino DiSalvo". IMDb.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (27 June 2014). "Paramount Nabs 'Frozen' Animator Lino DiSalvo from Disney". Variety. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  7. ^ Interview with Lino di Salvo, Animation Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios 1/2. 9 September 2011 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Amidi, Amid (28 June 2014). "Paramount Snatches 'Frozen' Head of Animation Lino DiSalvo". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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