Thurop Van Orman

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Thurop Van Orman
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Van Orman (alongside characters from Flapjack) in December 2007
Born
Mark Ashton Van Orman

(1976-04-26) April 26, 1976 (age 47)
Occupation(s)Animator, voice actor, television writer, producer, director
Years active2000–present
Known for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
The Angry Birds Movie 2
North Woods
Spouse
Sherri Van Orman
(m. 1999)
Children2

Mark "Thurop" Ashton Van Orman (born April 26, 1976) is an American cartoonist, animator, writer, producer, director, and voice actor. He is best known for being the creator and executive producer of the Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008–2010), in which he voices the title character, as well as directing his directorial debut The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).

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Life and career

Van Orman was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia.

Van Orman worked for the video game company Zantaro before going on to study character animation at the California Institute of the Arts. [1] He was the storyboard artist and co-writer for Camp Lazlo , The Powerpuff Girls , and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy . He was also the supervising producer for Adventure Time and served as one for Sanjay and Craig only in its first season. Thurop is also somewhat known for responding to much of his fans' fan art through the website DeviantArt.

Van Orman has a brother named Jonny, from whom he took inspiration to start his animation career at Cartoon Network for Flapjack. He has been married to Sherri Van Orman since 1999 and has two children: a daughter named Blossom [2] and a younger daughter named Hazel.

Since 2013 Orman has been working on a animated series under the title North Woods, the project was initially pitched to Nickelodeon the same year, after it was passed the project was developed as potential stop-motion animated film named Black Forest, 3 years later the project was pitched to Disney Television Animation for Disney XD on 2016, development on the project was paused by Disney on 2018 and was later revived on 2021 for Disney Channel. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Upcoming films

Orman provided concept art for the film adaptation of The Little Prince. He has also announced via Twitter that he will be writing a film about Vikings.

Inspirations

His work took inspiration from Joe Murray, Gary Larson, Jim Henson, Stephen Hillenburg, Craig McCracken, E. H. Shepard, Richard Scarry, Maurice Sendak, Mercer Mayer, Ronald Searle, Robert Crumb, Sergio Aragonés, Fleischer Studios, and his brother Jonny. [10]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRole
2015 The Little Prince Concept artist
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Director
TBAUntitled Vikings filmScreenwriter

Television

As Crew

YearTitleRole
2004 The Powerpuff Girls Story, storyboard artist, and writer
2004–05 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Story, storyboard artist, storyboard revisionist
2005–07 Camp Lazlo Writer, storyboard artist, and storyboard director
2008–10 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Creator, executive producer, story, writer, storyboard artist, director
2010–11 Adventure Time Supervising producer, story (season 2)
2013–14 Sanjay and Craig Supervising producer, creative consultant
2016–18 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Co-developer, story, writer, executive producer
2019, 2022 Amphibia Voice actor, Special thanks
TBANorth WoodsCreator

As actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008–10 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Flapjack / Background Singer / Additional voices46 episodes
2011–18 Adventure Time Tree Witch / Kent / Wishy3 episodes
2011 Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL FlapjackVideo game
2012–16 Gravity Falls Gideon Gleeful9 episodes
2013, 2014 Sanjay and Craig Additional voices8 episodes
2016The Magnificent Menagerie of Melvin McMelanieShort film
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh 1 episode
Amphibia Sprig PlantarPilot only
2018–20 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Todd Capybara7 episodes
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Duck / SealFilm
2023 Kiff Louis1 episode

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