Stephen Michael "Steve" Martino (born 1959) is an American director, best known for directing the films Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Peanuts Movie and Foster

Martino went to Ohio State University where he studied design.[1] After graduation, he heard computer animation pioneer Chuck Csuri speak. "I was absolutely blown away. No one was doing what he was showing us. I hadn't seen images like that anywhere before," Martino said. He returned to the university and earned in 1989 a master's degree,[2] studying at the Computer Graphics Research Group (later renamed to Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design), founded by Csuri.[1]

After graduation, Steve went to Los Angeles, where he worked in animation and visual effects.[1] In 2001, he joined Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, owned by 20th Century Fox.[2] There he co-directed computer-animated Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift.[1] He directed The Peanuts Movie (2015), an animated feature film adaptation of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts.[3] and the animated musical film Foster.



Year Title
2008 Horton Hears a Who!
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift
2015 The Peanuts Movie
2021 Foster


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