Michael "Mike" Thurmeier is a Canadian animator and director at Blue Sky Studios.[2] He is most famous for co-directing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Thurmeier was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and went to Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High School.[3] Although he liked to draw, he wanted to become a lawyer, but he changed his mind when Aladdin came out in the last year of high school.[3]

After he joined Blue Sky Studios, he served as an animator for Fight Club and The Sopranos. He later served as a supervising animator for Ice AgeRobots, and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

His first directing job was in 2006 when he co-directed a short animated film, No Time for Nuts, starring Scrat for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) was his feature directing debut, followed in 2012 by Ice Age: Continental Drift. Thurmeier returned to direct Ice Age: Collision Course along with Galen T. Chu. It is the fifth film in the franchise, and was released to theaters on July 22, 2016.



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Fight Club animator: Blue Sky Studios
2002 Ice Age writer: additional story/lead animator
Gone Nutty animator/3-D layout artist short film
2005 Robots supervising animator
2005 Summer Belongs Movie supervising animator
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown supervising animator
No Time for Nuts director (with Chris Renaud) short film
2008 Horton Hears a Who! senior supervising animator
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs co-director (with Carlos Saldanha)
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift director (with Steve Martino)
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course director (with Galen Thu Chu)


Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Sopranos animator: Blue Sky Studios episode: "Funhouse"

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