Michael Wildshill (born September 1, 1961) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, animator, voice actor, artist, co-founder of Gingo Animation and the current CEO of Universal Animation Studios. He is best known for his work in Gingo and Universal productions.

Early lifeEdit

Wildshill was born in Gibsonton, Florida, the oldest of four children to lawyer Alexander Michael Wildshill (1930-2018) and school teacher Scarlett Cynthia Wildshill (Jones) (1937-2007). His family moved to Los Angeles when he was 10 years old.


Wildshill gained an interest in animation at a young age from viewing old Disney movies at a local theatre. After graduating high school in 1979, he attended USC, majoring in art. He also partook in working in animation via the production of Jack Kromen's Topia. It was during production that he met Geo G.

Personal lifeEdit

Wildshill is married to Ashley Julia "Star" Wildshill-Shertick (b. September 11, 1969), a chef and cooking instructor. They have three children: Jonathan Edward (b. November 22, 1995), Skye Hannah (b. October 2, 1998) and Genesis Scarlett (b. April 6, 2001). Jonathan provided the voice of young [Yamada|Amai Yamada] in [La La|Woo La La].

Wildshill is a fan of manga and anime and Team Ico games, most notably Ico and Shadow of the Colossus; he cited Ico as his main inspiration for Paradoria. He is also a fan of the work done by Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios as well.

He resides in Santa Monica, California, a few of blocks north of the Illumination headquarters.

Filmography Edit


Year Title Director Writer Producer
1994 Romeo and Juliet Yes
1995 Ghost Vision Yes Yes
1997 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal Yes


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