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Peter Hixson (born October 31, 1966) is an American animation artist living in Los Angeles. He has worked in television animation for the past 15 years and presently supervises animation for Nickelodeon Television's Penguins of Madagascar.
Early life and career
Peter was born in Long Beach, California as the second son of a US Navy officer. The family moved to Washington, DC soon after his birth and he grew up in Maryland and later the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia. Peter spent occasional bursts of energy drawing and sketching. He also was drawn into competitive swimming and sailing pursuits, qualifying for National Junior Olympics in distance freestyle events and competing for national junior sailor titles in both small dinghies and sailboards. Peter graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA with a BA in history in 1988. He later attended film school at American University in Washington, DC. One of his animated student films, Five Female Persuasions, won a Student Academy Award in Animation in 1992. Another animated film, Tennis, won additional awards and screened in Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation festivals.
Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and started work at Klasky-Csupo Animation Studios where he worked as an animation story editor and later as an animation timer. He has worked on cable and broadcast animation series including Real Monsters, Duckman, Wild Thornberries, Mission Hill, The Oblongs, The Simpsons and Futurama.
Peter spent several years learning computer graphics using commercial software. His skill development helped him expand his professional spectrum by working in CG television and games production.
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