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Rob Boutilier is the Creator and Co-Director of Kid vs Kat. Boutilier went to Vancouver Film School in 1996, as well as the University of King's College. He is also a employer of DHX Media Vancouver.

Born in 1971 in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Rob Boutilier was always known for his drawing ability. At Tantallon Jr. High and Sir John A. MacDonald High School Rob contributed cartoons and caricatures to many student newspapers, yearbooks, and similar projects. His friend and fellow cartoonist Andrew Bowers was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax, so both artists published work in the SMU Journal for several years. Boutilier didn’t start with aspirations in animation. “All I ever wanted to do was a daily comic strip. I got sidelined to animation because I thought it would be good discipline. After a one-year art program in 1996 following Vancouver film school, Boutilier started storyboarding for AKA Cartoon, working on BBC’s Aaagh! It’s the Mr. Hell Show and Cartoon Network’s famous Ed Edd & Eddy series He was enlisted at Studio B in 2001. “I was a storyboard artist or storyboard supervisor on virtually every project since,” he says.

As for Kid vs Kat, "I created the characters in 2003,” says Boutilier. “After eight years of marriage, my wife and I bought a hairless cat, and I was always amazed by people’s reaction to it – these cats are very alien-like. I had the idea that if this cat was truly evil he’d probably try to do me in at some point, and that’s what the cat is doing to the boy.” They still own the Sphinx cat, and Boutilier notes, "there has never been an attempt on my life to date, but perhaps she's biding her time."

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Rob Boutilier
Creator, Studio B’s Look What My Sister Dragged In

A strange-looking hairless cat is the real-life inspiration behind Rob Boutilier’s new series Look What My Sister Dragged In, which started its life as a Studio B short and now is in development with Canada’s YTV cabler. The show centers on an evil hairless cat who torments a young boy named Coop, whose sister is completely unaware of the feline’s nefarious motives. “I created the characters in 2003,” says Boutilier. “After eight years of marriage, my wife and I bought a hairless cat, and I was always amazed by people’s reaction to it – these cats are very alien-like. I had the idea that if this cat was truly evil he’d probably try to do me in at some point, and that’s what the cat is doing to the boy in the short.”

Boutilier didn’t start with aspirations in animation. “All I ever wanted to do was a daily comic strip. I got sidelined to animation because I thought it would be good discipline.” After a one-year art program in 1996 following Vancouver film school, Boutilier started storyboarding for AKA Cartoon, working on BBC’s Aaagh! It’s the Mr. Hell Show and Cartoon Network’s famous Ed Edd & Eddy series He was enlisted at Studio B in 2001. “I was a storyboard artist or storyboard supervisor on virtually every project since,” he says.

First conceived for Studio B’s in-house development program, B-Hive, Look What My Sister Dragged In has traveled to festivals around the world and was one of the top 15 projects at last year’s MIPCOM Jr. pilots.

“It’s loony in the classic style of old chase cartoons, but it’s becoming much more than that,” says Boutilier. “It’s storyboard-driven, not script-driven. The artists are encouraged to go crazy with their art.” He adds, “I prefer the real simple stories of chaos spinning off something really simple and really silly. That, I think, is good storytelling.”

 


Filmography

Director

Kid vs Kat (TV series)

– Bringing the Heat/The Three Aargh's (2010)
– Nuff Said/Rhymes with Coop (2010)
– Trash Talking/Over the Radar (2010)
– Blasteroid Blues/Rat a Phooey (2010)
– Cheeks of Evil/Reap and Weep (2010)

2000 Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show! (TV series)

Writer

2008 - Kid vs Kat (TV series)

– Let the Games Begin/Night of the Zombie Kat (2008) (creator)

Art Department

2007 - George of the Jungle (TV series) (storyboard - 1 episode)
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– Don't Thank Me/For the Love of Sloth (2007) (storyboard - segment "Don't Thank Me")

Director

  • Kid vs Kat (TV series)
  • Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show! (TV series)

Writer

  • Kid vs Kat (TV series)
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Art Department

  • 2007 - George of the Jungle (TV series) (storyboard) (1 episode)

– Don't Thank Me/For the Love of Sloth (2007) … (segment "Don't Thank Me")

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