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Christopher Mason "Chris" Savino is a former storyboard artist, writer, producer, and director. He is the creator of The Loud House. He was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, which Royal Woods, the city The Loud House takes place in, is a parody of.

Biography

Savino got his start in animation as a layout artist on The Ren & Stimpy Show in 1991. He later worked as a character and prop designer on Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life in 1993, and has since worked as a writer and director on such series as: Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Codename: Kids Next Door, Samurai Jack, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Foster's Home for Imanginary FriendsKick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

He has worked at Spümcø, Joe Murray Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studios (formerly), Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network Studios, and Disney Television Animation, and is currently planning a live-action short called Bigfoot & Gray: On the Run, and an animated film called Adventures in Milk.

The Loud House

In 2013, Savino pitched The Loud House, a concept based on his own life experiences growing up in a large family (he's the ninth of ten children), as part of Nickelodeon's annual Animated Shorts Program. Besides his main job, he was also a member of Nickelodeon Animation Studio's Artist Collective, where veterans of the animation industry help train and nurture new talent that arrives at the studio.

Besides his usual duties, he would also draw all the title card art, and other still-frame pictures, which are drawn in a rougher style than the rest of the show. He also took it upon himself to direct every episode of the series (except on a few occasions and before his firing).

On October 19, 2017, Nickelodeon fired him over sexual misconduct allegations. As a result, he will no longer be involved with The Loud House.[1] Savino finally responded to the allegations on October 23, 2017, saying he is "deeply sorry" for what he has done.[2] On May 30, 2018, Savino was given a one-year suspension from The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839.[3]

Non-directing credits

Shorts

Season 1

Season 3

Episodes not directed

Although Chris Savino was the head director for this series, there have been times where he wasn't the director of an episode. All of the episodes he didn't direct were instead directed by main storyboard artist Kyle Marshall and (by a very small margin) colorist Amanda Rynda.

Credits

Trivia

Chris Savino Art
  • Like Lincoln, Savino comes from a large family--he's the ninth of ten children (five sons and five daughters).
  • Five of the Loud sisters were named after Savino's own sisters. They are Lori, Lisa, Lynn, Luan, and Lana[4]. All of their middle names are Marie, which is Lori's middle name.[5]
  • Carl was named after one of Savino's brothers.
  • Luna and Lola were named after Savino's two pet dachshunds.
  • "Lucy" and "Lily" were two of the names that Savino and his wife, Bethany, came up in case they had any daughters. They had three sons but no daughters, their names are Vincent, Nick, and Chris Jr.
  • Leni was named after Lennie Small from the book Of Mice and Men.
  • Savino named Lincoln after the street he grew up on as a child, which was named E Lincoln Ave.[4]
  • According to Savino, his personal favorite episode of the series is "For Bros About to Rock".[6]
    • Also, according to Savino, Luna is his favorite character.
  • As a kid, Savino enjoyed watching Looney Tunes, Underdog, Popeye, and all of Jay Ward's shows like like Rocky and Bullwinkle.[7]
  • Savino is the second Nickelodeon employee to have been publicly fired from Nickelodeon, the first being Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, who was fired in 1992 due to "creative differences" with Nickelodeon over the banned Ren and Stimpy episode, "Man's Best Friend", which featured a scene where Ren Hoek beats up George Liquor with an oar, as well as being someone who was infamously difficult to work with, and failed to meet the deadlines, and the third was Dan Schneider (who was known for "Game Shakers", "iCarly", "Sam & Cat", "Henry Danger", "Victorious", "The Amanda Show", and other shows he created from his studio, Schneider's Bakery), whom was fired from Nickelodeon on March 26th, 2018 for inappropriate behavior. No more details are known about the issue.
    • After being fired by Nickelodeon, he deactivated various social media accounts, which included his Instagram account, and he later stopped working for television animation companies after his firing from Nickelodeon in 2017, being a big reason why he never worked on anything outside of Nickelodeon ever again.
    • On October 23, 2017, Savino briefly opened a Facebook account to publicly post his apology regarding the allegations.
  • Despite him being fired from his creation, there are still episodes he directed and a musical Christmas short directed by him, but most of those were made, directed, and produced by him in production before his firing from Nickelodeon.
  • As of 2018 when season three kicked off to broadcast after production was completed around 2017 (before or after his day of being fired from Nickelodeon) or 2018 (the year he was suspended from the Animation Guild), it is unknown what would be the last episode directed by him, and it isn't known until either the end of season three, or the beginning of season four.

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