Mike Thurmeier

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Mike Thurmeier
Born Michael Thurmeier
1975 (age 39–40)[1]
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Director, animator
Notable work Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,
Ice Age: Continental Drift

Michael "Mike" Thurmeier is a Canadian-American 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. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) was his feature directing debut, followed in 2012 by Ice Age: Continental Drift.



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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