Chief Creative Director Baobab Studios
Eric Darnell is Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of the Emmy, Annie and Webby award-winning interactive VR/AR animation studio, Baobab Studios. With a mission to inspire you to dream by bringing out your sense of wonder, Baobab Studios has released five projects to date, all to commercial success and critical acclaim including, winning six Emmy Awards so far, including the first-ever Daytime Emmy Award for Best Interactive Media in 2017, its second award in 2018 and its third award in 2019.
Eric’s career spans 25 years as a computer animation director, screenwriter, story artist, film director, and executive producer. He was the director and screenwriter on all four films in the “Madagascar” franchise, which together have grossed more than $2.5 billion at the box-office. He was also executive producer on “The Penguins of Madagascar.” Previously, Eric directed DreamWorks Animation's very first animated feature film, “Antz,” which features the voices of Woody Allen, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, and Sharon Stone. Eric earned a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in experimental animation from The California Institute of the Arts.