Marc Handler

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Marc Handler
OccupationVoice director, script writer/adapter, story editor

Marc Handler is an American writer, voice director, story editor and producer best known for his work on Cowboy Bebop, Astro Boy, FLCL, Naruto, and Voltron. He is a pioneer in bringing anime to Western audiences, and is the first American to work in Japan as a story editor on a Japanese anime series, Tetsuwan Atomu.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He formed the Subject To Change Theatre Troupe, which was active in political causes such as support for Nelson Mandela in South Africa and women’s rights in America. He earned two Master's degrees from the University of Southern California in directing theatre and writing for film and television.[3]


Handler wrote original episodes for American animation series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Widget the World Watcher, and Denver, the Last Dinosaur. He became involved in the first major wave of imported anime for Western audiences, writing the English language scripts for Voltron, Saber Rider, Transformers, and Eagle Riders. As anime evolved, he worked as a writer and voice director on anime projects that skewed to older audiences such as Cowboy Bebop (TV series and film), FLCL, Ghost in the Shell, Steamboy, and Metropolis. He later worked on Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Singaporean projects for companies such as Sunwoo Entertainment, Goldilocks Studio, and Disney, China. He also voice directed Stephen Chow in Hong Kong for the English dub of Shaolin Soccer, and wrote episodes for the 2011-2012 successful revival of Power Rangers.[2][3][4]

Handler has done professional presentations for the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing and for the International Animation Industry Forum in Ningbo, China; has been a judge for the Canadian BANFF awards; has been a guest speaker at Tokyo University; and a guest speaker at San Diego Comic-Con and at various US animation conventions.

He has written two books on writing and presentations which were published by Beijing University Press in China and Freelec Publishers in Korea.[5]


Year Title Award Position Result
2003 Astro Boy Tokyo International Animation Fair: Best TV Animation Executive Story Editor & Writer Won
2004 Astro Boy Tokyo International Animation Fair: Best TV Series Executive Story Editor & Writer Won
2012 Kioka Shanghai TV Festival: Best Pre-School Animation Series[6][7] Voice Director Won
2013 Kioka Cynopsis Kids Awards, NYC[8] Voice Director Nominated
2007 FLCL American Anime Awards: Best Comedy[9] ADR Writer & Voice Director Won
2007 FLCL American Anime Awards: Best Short Series[9] ADR Writer & Voice Director Won
1998 The New World of the Gnomes Premios Midia Awards: Best Animated Series in Latin America/Spain Writing Staff Won
1990 De Donde L.A. Dramalogue Award for Stage Directing Director Won

ADR / voice director[edit]

Script writer / adapter[edit]

Story editor[edit]




  1. ^ "FLCL Interview with Marc Handler". Anime News Network. 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  2. ^ a b "Anime World Order Podcast: Anime World Order Show # 37 - Interview with Marc Handler, Writer for Voltron and Lots More". 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  3. ^ a b "2012-02-16 MARC HANDLER INTERVIEW – WRITING DUB ANIMATION (2002, 2009)". 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  4. ^ "Interview with Marc Handler". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  5. ^ "Books". Marc Handler. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  6. ^ "KBS 3D animation Kioka winner of Shanghai TV Festival 2012". Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  7. ^ "Kioka – Winner of Shanghai TV Festival 2012". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  8. ^ "Cynopsis Kids Announces !magination Awards Finalists, Kids People Awards and Luncheon Details". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  9. ^ a b "American Anime Awards Winners". Anime News Network. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  10. ^ a b "Anime Tourist Interview: Behind the Scenes of FLCL". Anime Tourist. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-03-28.

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