Lino DiSalvo

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Lino DiSalvo
Lino DiSalvo 2.jpg
BornJune 5, 1974
Alma materVancouver Film School
OccupationFilm Director, Animator
Spouse(s)Rosanna Rizzuto-DiSalvo

Lino DiSalvo (b. June 5, 1974) is an American animator, film director, writer and voice actor.


Born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York City, DiSalvo graduated from Vancouver Film School and joined Walt Disney Animation Studios. DiSalvo spent almost 17 years at Disney and served as Head of Animation on Frozen; supervising animator on Tangled and Bolt and animator on Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little, 102 Dalmatians and Reign of Fire.[1]

He served as Creative Director for Paramount Animation before joining Paris-based, ON Animation Studios as Head of Creative.[2] His directorial debut, Playmobil: The Movie, based on an original story of his, is set for release on August, 2019.[3]

DiSalvo has also voiced the characters of "Vinnie the Pigeon" in Bolt, "Gristletoe Joe" in Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, and "Robotitron" in Playmobil: The Movie.

DiSalvo is currently developing his next animated feature, The Badalisc, which is inspired by Italian folklore and draws heavily from his cultural heritage.[4]


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 Yes Director Voice of Robotitron
TBA The Badalisc Yes Director


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (27 June 2014). "Paramount Nabs 'Frozen' Animator Lino DiSalvo from Disney". Variety. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ Amidi, Amid (28 June 2014). "Paramount Snatches 'Frozen' Head of Animation Lino DiSalvo". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ Ellwood-Hughes, Pip. "Watch the teaser trailer for Playmobil: The Movie". Entertainment Focus. Piñata Media Limited. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ Keslassy, Elsa. "Michel Hazanavicius-Penned 'Little Jules Verne' Sails With ON Animation". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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