Mike Wu was accepted into the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. He graduated in 1996 with a BFA in Character Animation and was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios where he worked for the next six years on such films as HerculesTarzan, Atlantis, and Mulan. Shortly thereafter, Mike followed his childhood dream of working for the studio that created Luxo Jr.. He moved to the Bay Area and started at Pixar Animation Studios where he animated on the Oscar-winning The IncrediblesRatatouilleUp, and Toy Story 3 among other films.  Mike's first picture book Ellie, was selected as one of NPR's best books of 2015.  Ellie in Concert, released in spring 2017 is the heartwarming continuation of Ellie's adventures with her zoo friends.  He has also illustrated a debut middle grade series titled The Oddlethunks. His latest picture book is a Pixar Artist Showcase Winner titled Henri's Hats which celebrates the relationships with our elders, the wonder of imagination and to always dream BIG.  In addition to his animation and book work he is the proud owner/designer of a children's clothing and gift line called Tiny Teru.

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