Michael "Mike" Thurmeier is a Canadian animator and director at Blue Sky Studios. 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. 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.
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 Age, Robots, 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.
|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||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)|
|2000||The Sopranos||animator: Blue Sky Studios||episode: "Funhouse"|