Carlos Saldanha is Brazilian director best known for animated films such as Ice Age and Rio. Cinema Con Award-winning director, producer, and animator, Carlos Saldanha has directed movies like Ice Age series, Rio series, also co-director of Robots.
Early life and Education
Carlos Saldanha was born on 24th January 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to follow his creative instinct and passion for animation.
Saldanha attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he discovered his passion for animation. He also earned an M.F.A. degree in animation and continued to teach and advise students in the school's animation program.
At SVA, he met Chris Wedge, MFA instructor, and future film directing partner invited him to join Wedge's company called 'Blue Sky Studios.'
In 2002, Carlos Saldanha and Wedge co-directed the animated feature film 'Ice Age' with an opening weekend gross of $46.3 million. His famous movie named 'Rio' grossed a reported $484 million worldwide.
In October 2012, he signed a five-year exclusive deal with 20th Century Fox to develop and produce animated and live-action projects. In June 2013, he cofounded a Fox-based production company, named BottleCap Productions.
In 2017, Saldanha is directing an animated feature film adaptation of 'The Story of Ferdinand.' He is well known for directing for Fox a live-action adaptation of Royden Lepp's graphic novel 'Rust: Visitor in the Field,' which he plans to make before Ferdinand. He is also producing an animated feature film based on a book 'Alienology' from the 'Ologies' fantasy book series.
Carlos Saldanha married Isabella Scarpa Saldanha, a mathematician. The couple has four children including Sofia Scarpa Saldanha, Manoela Saldanha, Julia Saldanha and Rafael Saldanha.
The couple with their oldest daughter Sofia Saldanha competed in the HOHA (Hoboken Harriers Running Club), a 5k race. His daughters, Manoela and Sofia voiced a "porcupine-like critter" called "Molehog" in the film Ice Age: The Meltdown him. Also in 'Rio,' his daughter Sofia Saldanha voiced Linda Gunderson.
He seems to be living a pleasant life with his wife and children with no sign of getting divorced.
Saldanha's exact worth and salary have not yet reveled to the public. But he must have earned a good figure from Ice Age and Rio both successful at the box office.