Sergio Pablos

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Sergio Pablos
Madrid, Spain
Years active1993–present
Notable work
WebsiteSPA Studios

Sergio Pablos is a Spanish animator, director, and screenwriter. While at the helm of his company (The SPA Studios), Pablos developed several concepts for animated feature films, most notably the original ideas upon which Despicable Me (Universal Pictures in 2010) and Smallfoot (produced by the Warner Animation Group in 2018) were based.  

Most recently, the SPA Studios has produced Netflix’s first original animated feature film, Klaus, written and directed by Pablos.

Early life[edit]

Sergio Pablos is from Madrid, Spain. After working as a key animator on Once Upon a Forest (1993), he moved to Paris, France to pursue a career opportunity at Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked on Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Hercules (1997). Pablos was then promoted to a Supervising Animator position at Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, handling the character of Tantor the elephant on Tarzan (1999), and Dr. Doppler on Treasure Planet (2002), the latter of which garnered him a nomination for Best Character Animation at the Annie Awards.


Pablos’ first job in animation with Disney Studios in Paris was as a character designer on A Goofy Movie (1995). From that connection he moved to Walt Disney Animation Studios and began learning the ropes, working as animator or contributing to character designs on several major 2D animation productions, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame (character of Frollo), Hercules (character of Hades), Tarzan (character of Tantor the elephant), and Treasure Planet (character of Doctor Doppler). He was nominated for an Annie Award for his work on Treasure Planet.[1] Subsequent to his departure from Disney, he was hired as character design supervisor on Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild for Columbia.[2]

After several more years working in animation production, Pablos created the Despicable Me franchise based on his original screen story Evil Me and his own art design. He took the package unsolicited to Universal Pictures where he became the first of several screenwriters on the project as well as executive producer. In 2010, Despicable Me—starring Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Arnett, and Julie Andrews—was a box office success, received a Golden Globe nomination, and became one of animation’s highest-grossing movies. Pablos continued work as a character designer on another animated feature, Rio for 20th Century Fox, which was released the following year. He received his second Annie Award nomination for Rio.[1] After the release of Despicable Me 2 in 2013, theatrical markets (worldwide box office) and ancillary markets (home media, cable, merchandising, books, video games, TV series, theme parks, etc.), pushed franchise total revenues to over ten figures.[3][4][5] He was the writer for the film Warner Animation Group's Smallfoot. He then made his own company which is located in Madrid, Spain called Sergio Pablos Animation Studios where he made Klaus which was his directorial debut.

Personal life[edit]

Pablos shares his time between the U.S. and Spain where he is CEO and Creative Director of The SPA Studios in Madrid.[3]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Annie Awards Best Character Animation Treasure Planet

for "Dr. Delbert Doppler"

2012 Best Character Design in a Feature Production Rio Nominated
2020 Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Klaus Nominated
Annie Awards Best Animated Feature Won
Best Directing in a Feature Production Won
Best Storyboarding in a Feature Production Won
BAFTA Awards Best Animated Film Won
Goya Best Animated Film Nominated
Humanitas Prize Best Family Feature Nominated
Quirino Awards Best Feature Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Annie Awards :: Home". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  2. ^ Studios, Sergio Pablos , CTN Expo , The Spa. "Sergio Pablos - Profile - CTN Expo". CTN Animation Expo. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  3. ^ a b "SPA Studios - Sergio Pablos Animation Studios - Animation and multimedia". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  4. ^ "The Numbers - Where Data and the Movie Business Meet". The Numbers. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  5. ^ "'Despicable Me' Minions Find Their 'Paradise' In Upcoming Mobile Game". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  6. ^ "Sergio Pablos Previews Exciting New 'Klaus' Animation Tests". Cartoon Brew. December 6, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sergio Pablos Project 'Klaus' Is Moving Forward with Toon Boom as Tech Partner". Cartoon Brew. November 19, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film 'Klaus' From Co-Creator Of 'Despicable Me'". Deadline. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.

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