Mike Thurmeier

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Mike Thurmeier
Michael Thurmeier

1975 (age 44–45)[1]
OccupationDirector, animator
Notable work
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,
Ice Age: Continental Drift,
Ice Age: Collision Course

Michael "Mike" Thurmeier is a Canadian animator and director at Blue Sky Studios.[2] He is most famous for co-directing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Thurmeier was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and went to Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High School.[3] Although he liked to draw, he wanted to become a lawyer, but he changed his mind when Aladdin came out in the last year of high school.[3]

After he joined Blue Sky Studios, he served as an animator for Fight Club and The Sopranos. He later served as a supervising animator for Ice Age, Robots, and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

His first directing job was in 2006 when he co-directed a short animated film, No Time for Nuts, starring Scrat for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) was his feature directing debut, followed in 2012 by Ice Age: Continental Drift. Thurmeier returned to direct Ice Age: Collision Course along with Galen T. Chu. It is the fifth film in the franchise, and was released to theaters on July 22, 2016.



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Fight Club animator: Blue Sky Studios
2002 Ice Age writer: additional story/lead animator
Gone Nutty animator/3-D layout artist short film
2005 Robots supervising animator
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown supervising animator
No Time for Nuts director (with Chris Renaud) short film
2008 Horton Hears a Who senior supervising animator
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs co-director (with Carlos Saldanha)
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift director (with Steve Martino)
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course[4] director (with Galen T. Chu)


Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Sopranos animator: Blue Sky Studios episode: "Funhouse"


  1. ^ Baillie, Andrea (October 26, 2009). "Regina-born director of 'Ice Age 3' baffled by franchise success". CTV News. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014. Thurmeier, 34,...
  2. ^ Sullivan, Karen; Schumer, Gary; Alexander, Kate (2008-02-19). Ideas for the animated short: finding and building stories. Focal Press. pp. 156–. ISBN 978-0-240-80860-4. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b Christianson, Adriana (July 13, 2012). "Saskatchewan-born director helms new movie `Ice Age 4: Continental Drift'". Rocky View Weekly. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (August 7, 2015). "'Ice Age 5′ Gets Title, Date Change; Weinstein Co. Adjusts 'About Ray'". Deadline. Retrieved August 8, 2015.

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