SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Mario J. Menjivar

Character Animator and Designer/Illustrator/Art Director

As an animation professional, I’ve led art departments, advised studios and designed consumer products for the entertainment business. Whether as a leader or part of a team, I’m comfortable understanding the needs of departments from the creative to the executive level.

Now, as an instructor, I get to encourage a new generation of young animators to think outside the box and develop their unique strengths as artists. A big part of my training involves educating students to think and prepare as professionals in a studio from day one.

School of Visual Arts BFA – Illustration

Arts Students league of New York – Painting and Anatomy

Walt Disney Feature Internship – Animation Training

American Animation Institute – Storyboarding

Short Films:
“Roger Rabbit’s Trail Mix-up”

“The Halloween Pranksta”


Feature Films:

“Lion King”


“Hunchback of Notre Dame”





“Treasure Planet”

“Looney Tunes Back in Action”


Art Director:

“Gon” (Sprite Animation Studios)

“Spirit Bear” (Melwood Pictures)


Character Designer:

“Wish” (Prana Studios)

“Paul Bunyan and Babe”(Exodus Films)



Disney Hard Lines

Cartoon Network



Children’s Book:

“The Girl Who Couldn’t Draw”

“Harvey McGee And The House On The Hill”

Drawing I and II

Animation Workshop I and II

Advance Animation Workshop I and II

Acting for Animation