by | Jan 5, 2011 | Past Celebrity Honorees

Jennifer Yuh Nelson (director: Kung Fu Panda 2) has lent her talents to four of DreamWorks Animation’s motion pictures:  2008’s Kung Fu Panda (as head of story), 2005’s Madagascar (as story artist), 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (as head of story) and 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (also as story artist).  She recently sat in the director’s chair, helming Kung Fu Panda 2.

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Nelson worked at HBO Animation, developing various projects and short series.  She has worn many hats, serving as director, story artist and character designer for HBO’s animated series Spawn, which won an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program.

Nelson’s career in animation has spanned several countries, including Korea and Japan, where she oversaw animation for HBO.  Nelson has also worked in Sydney, Australia, serving as a story artist and illustrator for the live-action feature Dark City for Mystery Clock Productions.

Nelson attended California State University, Long Beach where she received a BFA in illustration.  Nelson has also published several independent comic books.