CalArts Alums Score Big At The Box Office

successful calarts alums It’s no secret that the California Institute of the Arts is a fantastic school, especially for anyone interested in an animation career—heck, our own Brenda Chapman is proof of that! Not only have CalArts alums gone on to create amazing work, they’ve scored big at the box office, too. According to recent information released by the school, alums have grossed $26.4 billion at the box office worldwide since 1985. Impressive, right?

“By way of example, Wreck-It Ralph, which scored big at the box office last weekend, was directed by alum Rich Moore (who also helmed episodes of The Simpsons and cult favorite Futurama),” writes Annlee Ellingson for L.A. Biz. Jim Reardon, who also directed on The Simpsons, worked as Head of Story with Moore on Wreck-It Ralph and is another successful CalArts alum.

Additionally, “Hotel Transylvania, which has grossed $250 million worldwide and counting, was helmed by graduate Genndy Tartakovsky (who also created the brilliant Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack),” Ellingson writes. “Moreover, alumni were also at the helm of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Kyle Balda) and Brave (Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews), both of which rank among the top 10 highest-grossing films so far this year.”

And the list doesn’t stop there! Other notable CalArts alums include directors Tim Burton, Kevin Lima, Henry Selick and Rob Minkoff; Disney directors John Musker, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale; and John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

If you’re interested in exploring a career in animation, you might just consider heading to CalArts—after all, you’d be in great company at a school that prides itself on giving students a foundation in technique and creative thinking “and prepares them to work at the forefront of animated filmmaking,” according to the school.

“CalArts taught us what we all needed to make our mark on the industry—each in our own individual way—and to be self-driven and creative,” Brenda says.

Judging by these impressive box office revenue statistics (not to mention all of the incredible work created by CalArts alums), there’s no doubt CalArts knows exactly how to give students the skills and experience they need to succeed. Congrats to all of the CalArts alums for making such a significant impact!

Image via the LA Times

  • Kenny Barillas

    If I was the founder of CalArts, would be very, very, very proud of all of you, really know you still need people on the list mentioned very, very important (As for example Stephen Hillenburg). Well, for me, CalArts also means “Institute of Pioneers”. Congratulations to all who been highlighted from CalArts (including you, Brenda) ;)

    • Andrew

      Hey Kenny, Walt Disney was the main founder of CalArts, at least to my knowledge.

    • Andrew

      Hey Kenny, did you know that Walt Disney was the main founder of CalArts (at least to my knowledge)?…so yeah he must have been very proud :D

      • Andrew

        Woah, did I actually repeat my comment? lol

      • Kenny Barillas

        Yes, I had heard something about that … is great!.

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