Creator / Chris Savino

Christopher Mason "Chris" Savino (October 2, 1971—) is a storyboard artist, writer and director.

At age 19, Chris saw the Ren & Stimpy pilot "Big House Blues" at an animation festival while attending the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and sent John Kricfalusi some of his artwork when he heard that Nickelodeon has picked it up for a series; he ended up being hired as a layout artist at Spumco during the show's first season. Afterward, he worked at various commercial studios for a year before going to Nick's new in-house studio Games Animations to work on Rocko's Modern Life, and he was soon became the chief character designer for the show.

In 1997, he began a decade-long association with Cartoon Network as a storyboard artist on shows like Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls; he would later became the showrunner for those shows as well when their respective creators left to pursue other projects. After a brief run at Nickelodeon, Chris went over to Disney Television Animation, where he executive-produced and directed the entirety of Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.

In 2013, Chris went back to Nickelodeon Animation Studios to join their Artist Collective, where he and other animation veterans train and mentor newcomers to the industry. While there, he pitched The Loud House, a short based on his experiences growing up in a large family, to the studio's annual Animated Shorts Program; the concept ended up being greenlit for a full 13-episode season, the first short from the program to get the series treatment.

In October 2017, he was suspended and subsequently fired from Nickelodeon following revelations of historic sexual harassment towards female co-workers with threats of blacklisting them from the industry if they didn't accept his advances that go as far back as 2004.

Shows he worked on:

  • The Ren & Stimpy Show — Layout Artist (seasons 1 & 5)
  • Cool World — Inbetweener (uncredited)
  • Rocko's Modern Life — Character & Prop Designer (seasons 1-3)
  • Hate (scrapped TV pilot) — Layout Artist
  • The Baby Huey Show — Layout Artist (season 2)
  • Hey Arnold! — Storyboard Director (1 episode) List 
  • Duckman - Storyboard Artist (4 episodes) List 
  • Dexter's Laboratory
    • Storyboard Artist (Ego Trip TV movie, plus 15 episodes) List 
    • Director (seasons 3 & 4, sans 2 episodes) List 
    • Producer (seasons 3 & 4)
  • Cow and Chicken — Storyboard Artist (1 episode) List 
  • I Am Weasel — Storyboard Artist (2 episodes) List 
  • Space Goofs — Storyboard Artist (1 episode) List 
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Storyboard Artist (15 episodes) List 
    • Director (2 episodes) List 
    • Producer (seasons 5 & 6)
  • Foe Paws — Creator/Storyboard Director/Model Design
  • The Flintstones: On the Rocks — Storyboards/Writer/Art Director/Producer/Director
  • Samurai Jack — Director (2 episodes) List 
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy — Storyboard Artist (1 episode) List 
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
    • Writer (2 episodes) List 
    • Animation Director (5 episodes) List 
  • Johnny Test
    • Producer/Director (Season 1)
    • Storyboard Artist (1 episode) List 
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey — Storyboard Artist (7 episodes) List 
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot — Director (Escape from Cluster Prime TV movie, plus 4 episodes) List 
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan — Storyboard Artist (1 episode) List 
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
    • Executive Producer/Director
    • Writer (2 episodes) List 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic — Writer (2 episodes) List 
  • Mickey Mouse (2013) — Storyboards/Writer/Director (1 episode) List 
  • The Loud House — Creator/Executive Producer/Director
    • Writer (4 episodes) List 
    • Storyboard Artist (3 episodes) List 

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