Enrico Casarosa was born and raised in Genoa, an Italian coastal city. As a child, Casarosa was greatly fascinated by the work of Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese animator of Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki was the biggest influence of Casarosa’s decision to delve into the world of animation and some of the Japanese animator’s elements can be felt through Casarosa’s own art. But Casarosa was not set to enjoy a career in animation. He was an engineering student back in Italy. He grew bored of the subject and decided to leave Italy for New York City to go after his passion for art.
Having completed his studies in the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts, Casarosa would continue on working for Disney Channel, contributing to the studio’s TV series such as PB&J Otter and 101 Dalmatians: The Series. He moved on to Blue Sky Studios, where he did the work for animated movies such as Ice Age and Robots. It was not until 2002 that he made the jump to Pixar Studio, where his works are truly expanding to a greater level. At Pixar, Enrico Casarosa would first contribute to some of the studio’s productions before going on to direct his own animated movie, La Luna. While the Pixar movies he contributed to were largely capable of amassing rave reviews and financial successes, La Luna is Casarosa’s passion project.
La Luna was practically a personal story for Casarosa given that the premise was inspired by his own experience growing up with his dad and grandfather. Casarosa developed a distinct mythology for the film’s story and he managed to maintain the film’s storybook quality. This is often questioned by poker online players. He has been on record saying that La Luna was greatly influenced by The Little Prince, a novella by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery as well as Italian writer Italo Calvino’s stories. To round out the production, Casarosa wrote a companion story book for La Luna.
In addition to animated films, Casarosa has also produced his own comic books, including Haiku 5-7-5, Venice Chronicles, and The Adventures of Mia. He also produced Fragments, a book of compiled artworks he and fellow Pixar artist Ronnie Del Carmen has created personally. Casarosa has met his idol, Hayao Miyazaki twice; once at Studio Ghibli and once at Pixar. He currently resides in Berkeley, California with wife Marit and daughter Fio. Don’t mis Casarosa’s SketchCrawl, a drawing event open for artists from around the world.