Rob Renzetti

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Rob Renzetti
Robert John Renzetti

(1967-09-12) September 12, 1967 (age 52)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationWriter, director, storyboard artist, layout artist, animator
Years active1991–present
Known forDexter's Laboratory
The Powerpuff Girls
Samurai Jack
My Life as a Teenage Robot
Gravity Falls
Mina and the Count
Big City Greens

Robert John "Rob" Renzetti (born September 12, 1967) is an American animator and director. Renzetti is known for creating My Life as a Teenage Robot and the Oh Yeah! Cartoons series Mina and the Count for Nickelodeon, directing Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack for Cartoon Network and serving as the story editor for the first two seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He was also the supervising producer on the Disney Channel animated television series Gravity Falls and is currently an executive producer on Big City Greens.

Early life[edit]

Renzetti, raised in Addison, Illinois, was an art history major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[1][2] After graduating from Illinois, Renzetti attended the animation program at Columbia College Chicago for one year, where he was a classmate of Genndy Tartakovsky. Renzetti and Tartakovsky were then each accepted into the California Institute of the Arts, where they were roommates.[3]


After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, Renzetti began his animating career in Spain, working on 5 episodes for Batman: The Animated Series.[3]

Renzetti has been writer, director, and storyboard artist for several Cartoon Network shows, including 2 Stupid Dogs, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. During the mid-1990s, he created Mina and the Count, a series of animated shorts that premiered on the What a Cartoon! show then later aired for a short time on the similar anthology series Oh Yeah! Cartoons. In 1999, he made the short "My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot", which also debuted on Oh Yeah! Cartoons; in 2003, My Life as a Teenage Robot, based on the short, debuted on Nickelodeon. In April 2008, he started work on Cartoon Network's The Cartoonstitute project as supervising producer.

He was story editor on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for the series' first two seasons, but left in 2011, soon after the departure of the series showrunner, Lauren Faust, to work as the supervising producer on Disney's Gravity Falls.

Renzetti has directed on the DuckTales reboot.[4]

He is now working on Disney's Big City Greens as its executive producer.[5]



Year Title Role
1991 Dudley's Classroom Adventure animator


Year Title Role Notes
1993–1995 2 Stupid Dogs writer
storyboard artist
1995 Dumb and Dumber (TV series) storyboard artist
1995– 1997 Dexter's Laboratory director
storyboard artist
animation director
1995 Mina and the Count creator
1998 Oh Yeah! Cartoons producer Episode: "The F-Tales"
The Powerpuff Girls writer
storyboard artist
Episode 4.7: Nano of the North
Episode 4.8: Stray Bullet
2000–2001 Family Guy director Episode 2.18: "E. Peterbus Unum"
Episode 3.6: "Death Lives"
2001 Time Squad storyboard artist Episode 1.5a: "Dishonest Abe"
Episode 1.12b: "Where the Buffalo Bill Roams"
2001–2002 House of Mouse storyboard artist
timing director
2001–2002, 2017 Samurai Jack sheet timer
2002 Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? supervising producer
2003–2009 My Life as a Teenage Robot creator
executive producer
storybord artist
2006–2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends post supervising director
storyboard artist
2009 Random! Cartoons sheet timer Episode: "6 Monsters"
2010 Adventure Time sheet timer (uncredited) Episode 1.3: "The Enchridion/The Jiggler"
2010–2011 Sym-Bionic Titan sheet timer
animation director
2010–2011 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic story editor
2012–2016 Gravity Falls supervising producer
Episode 2.1: "Scary-Oke"
2018-present Big City Greens executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Cartoons VS Cancer Himself Podcast
2016 Nickelodeon Animation Podcast


  1. ^ Levy, David (September 23, 2011). "Animondays Interview: Rob Renzetti - Part I". Animondays. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Rob Renzetti interview from Boing! Podcast Part 1 of 7 Retrieved April 21, 2010
  3. ^ a b Rob Renzetti interview from Boing! Podcast Part 2 of 7 Retrieved April 21, 2010
  4. ^ Maher, John (May 22, 2018). "Outrage over Cartoon Network's Thundercats reboot resorted to a strange, old insult: 'CalArts style'". Polygon.
  5. ^ Zahed, Ramin (June 14, 2018). "Making Disney Channel's 'Big City Greens'". Animation Magazine.

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