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Kenn Navarro
Kenn Navarro
Gender: Male
Born in: Manila, Philippines
Occupation: Director, Cartoonist, Voice Actor
Role Cuddles, Lifty & Shifty, and Flippy


Kenn Navarro is a Filipino American animator known for creating the popular internet cartoon Happy Tree Friends.

Early life

Kenn Navarro was born and raised Manila, Philippines.

After graduating with a BA in Industrial Design with an emphasis in Animation from San Francisco State University, Kenn worked on some independent music videos and small time animation projects at 6'2 Studios in Larkspur, California. Kenn joined Mondo Mini Shows in 1998, when the company was expanding into a full-fledged studio that created and distributed original online content. After working on several video game projects, Kenn was given the opportunity to work as an animator on Mondo Media's Internet shows like "The God & Devil Show," "Thugs on Film," and "Like, News."

Happy Tree Friends

Main article: Happy Tree Friends

Later he partnered with friends Rhode Montijo and Aubrey Ankrum to create the very popular internet cartoon Happy Tree Friends. which debuted on the internet in the year 2000 on the website Pop.com[1].

Happy Tree Friends was expected to be simply another one of Mondo Media's animated shows which would usually last about 10 to 20 episodes but Happy Tree Friends surpassed everyone's expectations when it became one of the most watched shows on the Internet and was later picked up by MTV International which agreed to broadcast webisodes of the show in Europe, Asia and Latin America. After millions of DVDs of the internet episodes were sold, cable channel G4 picked up the series for 13 TV episodes episodes of the show.

In addition, he does the voices of Cuddles, Lifty & Shifty and recently took over the voice of Flippy. He also did the voices of Toothy in Keepin' it Reel and Handy in A Hole Lotta Love because Warren Graff was unavailable at the time.

He directed every episode of the series since Shard at Work.

In 2014, Kenn left Modo Media[2] to create a new YouTube channel called zwak, along with Warren Graff. Since his departure, Happy Tree Friends has been put on hiatus for over an entire year. According to him, Happy Tree Friends isn't over yet, though Mondo hasn't requested any new episodes at the moment (possibly due to the production of the show's upcoming feature movie).

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Trivia

  • Besides working at Mondo Media, Kenn has stated on Twitter that he used to work on the old Esurance commercials that featured a character named Erin, a motorist with pink hair.
  • Kenn Navarro has said on Twitter that his favorite movie by DreamWorks Animation is the 2008 film, "Kung Fu Panda", because it "kicks ass!"

References

  1. http://coldhardflash.com/2005/04/kenn-commandments-part-1.html The Kenn Commandments, Part 1 | Cold Hard Flash: Flash Animation News, Videos and Links
  2. https://twitter.com/ChainKnuckle/status/556864207392882689 Kenn left Mondo

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