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Ethan Hurd

Lead Animator
Sony Pictures Imageworks

Ethan Hurd is an animation artist with over two decades of experience in Animation. Classically trained in 2D animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Ethan switched to working on computer animation in order to work on Toy Story 2. He has worked at such studios as Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney, Sony Imageworks and Framestore to name a few.

Ethan has helped bring characters to life on such films as Bot, Detective Pikachu, Madagascar, I Am Legend, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Shrek, and Surf’s Up. Ethan has enjoyed teaching every level at Animation Mentor, from the basics to acting. He is currently the Animation Lead at Sony Picture Entertainment’s Torchlight division.

Ethan’s Credits

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Toy Story 2

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs


Recent Films

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  • Planes
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
  • Bolt
  • Beowulf

Other Films

  • Surf’s Up
  • Open Season
  • Madagascar
  • Shrek 2
  • Shrek
  • Toy Story 2

Short Films

  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Hubert’s Brain
  • Shrek 4-D
  • Far Far Away Idol


  • Marvel’s What If…?
  • Road of Vengeance

Courses Taught By Ethan

Courses may vary from term to term.


12-Week Course

Learn to animate realistic bipedal movement.

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Advanced Body

12-Week Course

Create exciting and dynamic action sequences.

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Feature Animation
Acting & Polish

12-Week Course

Animate a shot the pros would be proud of and finish your demo reel.

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