Erik Wiese • Wiki/Fandom

Welcome to the Wiki jungle! Here, you can find the latest and most accurate information about my past and current projects. To make things easier, I’ve included tabs on various films, TV shows, and other projects I’ve worked on with subcategories that provide more detailed information. Like all Wiki pages, it’s written in the third person. And it’s always weird. Thank you for visiting!

General Information

UPDATED March 02, 2024

Note:  This is a direct import from various Wikis and Fandoms with corrections by the author, Erik Wiese. 

• Erik Wiese (born January 24, 1974, in Hollywood, California) is an American writer, director, storyboard artist, animator, and producer who works in feature and television animation. He has been nominated for an Emmy and an Annie award. He is sometimes credited as Erik C Wiese or Erik Guerrero-Wiese.

• His middle name is not Clark. It’s worse than that. 

• Pronouns: He/Him

• Ethnicity: Colombian and German (Guerrero/Wiese). Speaks fluent Spanish. 

• Holds dual American and EU citizenship.

• Studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Also attended ArtCenter College of Design.

• Nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for directing. Won a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society.

• In 2024, directed a Peanuts special for Apple+ and was an Executive Producer, Writer, and Director on Sonic Prime for Netflix. 

• Directed several Minions shorts and commercials at Illumination Entertainment. He was also a co-creative director on the Universal Studios ride, The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash.

• Erik’s career began as an intern at Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King while he attended Cal Arts.

• He was a supervising animator on Bjork’s animated video I Miss You. He served as a character layout artist, animation supervisor, overseas animation supervisor, and assistant director to John Kricfalusi at Spümcø. Erik also worked on the Ranger Smith cartoons, A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith and Boo Boo Runs Wild.

• Soon after, Wiese worked with Stephen Hillenburg on character development (character design and model sheets) for the SpongeBob pilot (then called SpongeBoy Ahoy,) and stayed with the show for several seasons as a Storyboard Artist / Writer. He was Hillenburg’s first hire on SpongeBob. In interviews, he stated that he based SpongeBob’s walk cycle and poses on Stephen Hillenburg. Wiese also designed Mr. Krabs’s walk cycle and animated two shots in act three of the pilot episode.

• In the early 2000s, Erik briefly left SpongeBob SquarePants to work on Samurai Jack and then Danny Phantom before returning to SpongeBob as a storyboard artist and key animator on the first SpongeBob feature, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, directed by Stephen Hillenburg and Derek Drymon. 

• In 2013, Wiese served as the storyboard supervisor (also known as Head of Story) on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. 

• Erik returned to the SpongeBob franchise in 2024, reuniting with Derek Drymon as a story artist on the fourth SpongeBob movie, Searching for SpongeBob.

• Briefly worked with his Cal Arts friend, Cosmo Segurson (CupHead), as a character designer for the animated series Jumanji under the supervision of Everett Peck. He was also a storyboard artist and character designer on CatDog, a story artist on The Fairly Odd Parents, Yin Yang Yo!, and The X’s. He was the lead storyboard artist on Danny Phantom, starting with the pilot episode Mystery Meat. He is credited as a layout artist on the Rugrats movie: the Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, for his work on the opening CatDog short Fetch. In 2000, he directed his first animated episode with Chuck Klein on the NBC series Sammy (created by David Spade).

• Worked as a writer and storyboard artist on Samurai Jack and as a character designer, story artist, and layout artist on CatDog. He wrote one episode for the unreleased Star Wars cartoon comedy show Star Wars: Detours. He was also a supervising producer on Dude, That’s My Ghost!, a French-British animated series for Disney EMEA.

• Co-created with his wife, Cynthia True, directed and executive produced two seasons of Nickelodeon’s The Mighty B!, a cartoon starring Amy Poehler, Andy Richter, and Grey DeLisle.

• Has been married to writer/producer Cynthia True since May 10, 2007. They’ve collaborated on several projects. 


For a list of my credits,  CLICK HERE.

Incorrect IMDB Credits

I’m frequently credited with projects on IMDB and elsewhere that I didn’t actually work on because I share a similar name with another animation artist. I’ve made a list here to correct erroneous credits. 

Things I’ve never worked on or contributed to include:

The  Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Fantasia 2000 (1999) 

• Home on the Range (2004) 

Marsupilami (1993) 

Skunk Fu! (2009)  

• Tarzan Activity Center (1999)

Victor & Valentino (2019-2021) 

Snoopy Presents: The Peanuts Platinum Specials / Apple+

Apple+ with WildBrain produced four Peanuts specials, formally known as Snoopy Presents: The Peanuts Platinum Specials (not to be confused with the TV series The Snoopy Show). These specials were designed to be seen as mini-movies or featurettes, about 40 minutes each. Unlike previous Peanuts specials, these were made to look more like Charles Schulz’s drawings. The line quality and poses reference the comics as closely as possible. 

Erik Wiese • The Peanuts Platinum Specials

Starting in 2020, Erik became Head of Story for two Peanuts specials, “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown” and “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School.” He returned to the Peanuts Specials in 2023 to serve as Head of Story on “Welcome Home, Franklin.” He then directed the final Peanuts special in the series, title TBA. 

Peanuts Clips

This video compares the initial storyboard to the final version of the scene in which Peppermint Patty and her team interrupt Charlie Brown’s team to intimidate them before the big game.

Back in 2020, I was Head of Story for two Peanuts specials. While supervising the storyboard team and collaborating with the director, my hugely talented friend Raymond Persi, I also took on a few sequences to board. Raymond gave me a lot of freedom to play around with the staging, add some gags, and slug the timing on Storyboard Pro.

About SpongeBob

I’m sure you know who SpongeBob is. But for continuity, here goes: SpongeBob SquarePants (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star of the animated series of the same name. The show was created by Stephen Hillenburg and was originally known as Spongeboy Ahoy! SpongeBob is a happy-go-lucky sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea with his pet snail, Gary, in Bikini Bottom. He works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab and is great at his job making Krabby Patties. SpongeBob is a kind-hearted character who loves spending time with his best friend, Patrick. His teacher is Mrs. Puff and his boss is Mr. Krabs.

Erik Wiese • SpongeBob SquarePants

UPDATED March 02, 2024 | Note:  This is a direct import from various Wikis and Fandoms with corrections by the author, Erik Wiese. 

Erik Wiese was with SpongeBob from the beginning. He was Stephen Hillenburg’s first official hire and worked on the pilot, “Help Wanted,” doing character development and creating model sheets of the entire cast. He also created turnarounds, walk cycles, and lip assignments with Alan Smart. Erik is credited with coming up with Mr. Krabs’s four-frame walk cycle. Additionally, he animated two shots in act three of the pilot.

Wiese wrote and storyboarded on season one, storyboarded on seasons two and three, and returned as a writer and board artist on season four. He returned briefly for season nine for one episode. He also worked on the first two SpongeBob movies, first as a storyboard artist and character layout artist (keyframe poses) for Act Three. For the second movie, he was Head of Story for Sponge Out Of Water.

After ten years away from the SpongeBob franchise, Erik has returned to storyboard on  the fourth movie, “The Search for SpongeBob,” directed by Derek Drymon. 

SpongeBob clips

Season 1 of SpongeBob SquarePants featured an episode called SB-129. This episode follows Squidward as he accidentally freezes himself and is sent to the far future. Part 1.

Below, a short animatic clip from the SpongeBob movie “Sponge Out Of Water”

About Sonic Prime

Sonic Prime is a Netflix television series based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It is a Canadian/American/Japanese computer-animated show and the sixth animated series based on the franchise. The show is aimed at children aged 6 to 11 and also appeals to longtime adult Sonic fans. 

The plot follows Sonic on his adventures to save his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Rouge, and Big from a catastrophic event he caused during a fight with Dr. Eggman. The series also features Shadow and other established characters from the franchise.

Initially, Netflix announced Sonic Prime as a 24-episode show. However, it was later split into three seasons. The first season was released in December 2022, the second one in July 2023, and the third and final season was released on January 11, 2024. The first season will be available on Blu-Ray by NCircle on March 12, 2024.

The show is considered canon to the continuity of the Sonic the Hedgehog games, making it the first Sonic show to have this distinction. It takes place at an undisclosed point sometime after the events of Sonic Frontiers, and you can spot elements of the game in the background of episode eight.

Sonic Prime has been highly successful since its debut. In the week of December 12-18, 2022, season one ranked as the fifth most-watched English TV show on Netflix, with 27.7 million hours watched. It retained its position for the following week and reached the Top 10 in 61 countries. During the first three weeks of its release, the season was watched for 67 million hours, setting a new record for Netflix’s original animated kid series.

The second season also made it to the Top 10 of Netflix’s most-watched English TV shows in the week of July 10-16, 2023, with 7.9 million hours watched. It ranked 10th and reached the Top 10 in 19 countries. It maintained its position for the following week, with an additional 6.8 million hours watched.

In a report by Parrot Analytics in October 2023, it was revealed that Sonic Prime had an audience demand 9.9 times higher than the average television show in the United States. This level of demand was only seen in 2.7% of all shows in the country. Sonic Prime also ranked very high in the children’s genre, where it had a higher demand than 91.4% of all children’s titles. Its second biggest market was Russia.

There are currently no plans for another season of Sonic Prime.

Erik Wiese • Sonic Prime

UPDATED: March 06, 2024 

Note:  This is a direct import from various Wikis and Fandoms with corrections by the author, Erik Wiese. 

 Erik served as an Executive Producer, Writer, and Director on Sonic Prime for Netflix. He also storyboarded with his team seven out of the twelve episodes he directed.

Erik Wiese and co-director Logan McPherson are nominated for Best Direction in an animated series at the Leo Awards for the episode “Avoid The Void.”

Erik Wiese has been a fan of Sonic since the release of Sonic The Hedgehog 2. It was the great cartoon animation that initially drew him to the game. Later, he became a fan of the character and fast gameplay. He bought a TV for his studio at Cal Arts so that he and his friends could play Sonic whenever they weren’t working on their student films.

• Although he is credited as the Executive Producer of Sonic Prime’s third season, he clarified that he didn’t operate daily in that capacity. He is credited because he established the show’s look, and as a result, he is given credit throughout the series. While the third season was in production, he directed a Peanuts Special for Apple+, which WildBrain also produced.

Erik Wiese is the sole director of the episodes that are credited to him as “Directed by” on Sonic Prime. The other later credits in the credits roll, such as “episodic director” and “associate director,” were support roles that executed his creative direction after he locked the animatic. After that, Wiese launched direction to the cinematographers, animators, and effects team, with the associate directors and episodic directors there to convey Erik’s direction and deliver the weeklies to Erik for his review and approval. Once the animation was close to completion, Erik launched post-production and took the episode to final lock.  

• His participation in Season Two involved writing and directing the season premiere. He gave creative notes on scripts and animatics for the entire season. 

• He briefly returned to co-direct (with Kiran Sangherra) the last three episodes of Season Three while acting as Head of Story for the Peanuts special, “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home Franklin,” for Apple+. However, Wiese did not do the final animatic lock nor the final picture lock.

• He designed the Sonic Prime poster, which was later used for the Season One DVD release after being rendered by Planet Marza Animation.

• Erik’s favorite episodes are “Escape From New Yoke” (S1.E3) and “Avoid The Void” (S2.E1).

• Netflix combined the original first and second episodes into a one-hour special, thereby making the complete episode list 23, instead of 24.

Sonic Prime Clips

This video was the very first trailer for Sonic Prime. 

Netflix launched the show by releasing the first one-hour episode of Sonic Prime, “Shattered,” on YouTube a week prior to its Netflix premiere. Erik directed and co-wrote the premiere episode.

EPG: During an attempt to save the day, Sonic collides with the Paradox Prism, transporting him to a parallel world known as New Yoke City.

The video below is a compilation of select scenes from “Escape From New Yoke,” including Erik and the story team’s boards. (All story artist credits are listed at the end).

Below is a sample clip of Erik’s storyboard for “Avoid The Void,” the premiere episode of season two, which he wrote and directed.

Netflix released the Season Two premiere, “Avoid The Void,” free on its YouTube channel just a couple of weeks before the entire season premiered to overwhelmingly positive reviews. 

About Minions 2D shorts

Initially, the Minions 2D shorts were produced to support the Minions 2 movie, which was delayed by a year due to COVID-19 restrictions in movie theaters. The shorts were named “Minions and Friends” in China and “Saturday Morning Minions” in the United States. They were first released on China’s Migu platform and later on  Illumination’s YouTube channel.

The show’s creative marketing team included Derek Drymon, Erik Wiese, Raymond Persi, Babeth Patte, Pepe Arean, Tom King, and Aaron Springer, all of whom worked together to bring the show to life.

The animation production was done by two service studios, namely Six Point Harness and Anima.


• The shorts, named Minions and Gru’s Diary, were originally created for the Chinese market and first aired in Asian markets in 2018. Their premiere in China garnered 300 million views.

• The shorts were later renamed to Minions and Friends (小黄人和萌友/小黄人与格鲁日记).

• They were played in-store at Universal Studios Japan gift shops.

• Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the decision to release the shorts in Western territories was made in 2021.

• This was Illumination’s first web series.

• Several episodes exclusive to the Chinese market haven’t aired in Western territories. These episodes have promotional tie-ins with Chinese brands and are unavailable to watch in the U.S.

• Several episodes cross over with the Secret Life of Pets world. These shorts only aired in China.

• Title cards were produced for each episode, but were removed later for Western markets.

Minions shorts clips

All four seasons can be viewed on the Illumination YouTube Channel.

About Star Wars: Detours

Star Wars: Detours is an American CGI-animated comedy series that never aired. It is a unique Star Wars animated series as it is a parody of the franchise and offers a comedic take on what happened between the prequel trilogy (Episodes I–III) and the original trilogy (Episodes IV–VI). The series was produced by Lucasfilm Animation in collaboration with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Although 39 episodes of the show have been produced, their release has been on hold since 2013, following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm.

Footage of the series was first shown at Star Wars Celebration VI in mid-2012, and it was supposed to be set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope. However, in March 2013, Lucasfilm postponed the release of the series as they reconsidered whether a comedy series was a sensible way to introduce the franchise to new fans, especially when a sequel trilogy was already in the works. According to Seth Green, 39 episodes were completed, with 62 additional scripts finished.

Erik Wiese • Star Wars: Detours

Erik Wiese was a writer for one episode, season one (S1.E12.) He also came up with the show title “Detours.”

Star Wars: Detours clips

Below, two clips from S1.E12, written by Erik Wiese.

About Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack is an American animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The show follows a samurai prince named Jack, who wields a mystical katana capable of defeating his enemy Aku. After being sent to a dystopian future, Jack must find a way back to his own time and defeat Aku before he takes over the world.

The show originally aired for four seasons from 2001 to 2004. After 12 years, it was revived for a fifth season, which premiered in 2017 and provided an ending to Jack’s story. The series has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards.

Erik Wiese • Samurai Jack

Erik was a writer and story artist for three seasons of the show.

Samurai Jack clips

I created, wrote, and boarded an episode in which Samurai Jack inhabits a giant samurai statue to fight an evil robot created by Aku, inspired by my love for Kauji movies and giant anime robots.

I’m a big fan of techno and electronica music, and back when I was working on Samurai Jack, I was still going to underground raves. Chris Mitchell and I proposed the idea to Genndy that Aku would send an evil DJ to a rave to unleash his wicked beats and hypnotize the crowd to create chaos throughout the streets.

Nike Commercial

During Wiese’s time at Spumco, he was a layout artist and animation supervisor for an animated Nike commercial.

Minions Commercials

Erik Wiese directed several commercials for “Minions: The Rise Of Gru” marketing campaign.

Erik directed an online 2D Minions commercial/public service announcement for Starbucks.

Pharrell Williams – Yellow Light (Shining Through)

Erik contributed storyboards for the music video “Yellow Light (Shining Through)” directed by Brad Abelson.

Pharrell Williams – There’s Something Special

Erik contributed storyboards for the music video “There’s Something Special” directed by Brad Abelson.

Bjork – “I Miss You”

Wiese worked as a character layout artist at Spumco, creating key poses, and as an overseas animation supervisor for Bjork’s “I Miss You” music video.

About Zip Zip

Zip Zip is a French animated television series created by Aurore Damant, based on an original idea by Anne Ozannat. The series is produced by GO-N Productions with the participation of France Télévisions, Super RTL, The Walt Disney Company France, A Plus Image 3, and France 3. The series premiered on Super RTL in Germany on March 23, 2015, and on France 3 in France on April 4. It was renewed for a second series which premiered on July 8, 2019, with the English dub premiering on YouTube on August 6, 2021.

The show follows the adventures of Washington the fox, Sam the boar, his sister Eugenie, and Suzie the blackbird, who are tired of living in the forest and decide to move to the city. To avoid being seen by people as wild animals and getting caught by animal control, they disguise themselves as common house pets by wearing animal costumes. Washington becomes a dog, Sam becomes a cat, Eugenie becomes a rabbit, and Suzie becomes a canary. They are soon adopted by the Livingstones and now live in their house, along with their cat, Victoria.

Erik Wiese • Zip Zip

Erik was a script writer on Zip Zip, season one. 

About The Mighty B!

The Mighty B! is an American animated television series created by Erik Wiese, Cynthia True, and Amy Poehler, for Nickelodeon. The series follows the story of Bessie Higgenbottom, an ambitious little scout.

Bessie lives in San Francisco with her single mother, Hilary, brother Ben, and dog, Happy. Poehler provides the voice of Bessie, who is loosely based on the character Cassie McMadson, a part that Poehler played on improvisational comedy troupes Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City prior to joining the cast of Saturday Night Live.

The series ran on Nickelodeon from April 26, 2008, to January 16, 2010, before it was moved to Nicktoons on November 6, 2010, where it concluded on June 18, 2011. Since its debut, the show has attracted an average of 3.1 million viewers and was ranked among the top five animated programs on television in the second quarter of 2008.

The show was renewed for a second and final season with 20 episodes in September 2008, which premiered on September 21, 2009. The Mighty B! was nominated for six Annie Awards and four Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation. It has garnered one Artios Award nomination and one Golden Reel Award nomination.

Mighty B! Trivia

UPDATED March 02, 2024

Note:  This is a direct import from various Wikis and Fandoms with corrections by the author, Erik Wiese. 

•The cartoon series “The Mighty B!” was originally going to be called “SuperScout,” but Nickelodeon’s legal department requested a name change to avoid any potential legal issues with the Girl Scouts of America.

• Erik Wiese, who directed the series, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and won a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society.

• Wiese originally co-created the show with his wife, Cynthia True. Further development with Amy Poehler. A reference picture of Cynthia True as a 7-year-old Brownie is featured in the Nickelodeon book. 

• The name “Wiese” appears on the customer list at Mr. Wu’s Restaurant in “Doppelfinger.”

• He has a cameo in “Bee Nice” as a man disguised as a puppy. 

• Wiese has mentioned that “Bat Mitzvah Crashers,” “Toot Toot,” “Name Shame,” “Bee Patients,” and “Bess-E” are some of his favorite episodes of the series.

• Happy is his favorite character. 

• His name is also seen on Bessie’s birth certificate in the “Name Shame” episode.

• Katie Rice, an artist on the series, praised Wiese’s leadership, stating that he allowed artists to draw in their own style while also encouraging them to produce high-quality artwork.


Both seasons of the Mighty B! are on Paramount Plus. Follow this link to watch.

Below, a clip from “Wrong Side of the Bed”




About Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom is an animated TV show created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The show originally aired from April 3, 2004, to August 24, 2007. The plot revolves around the life of Danny Fenton, a teenage boy who gains ghost powers after an accident in his parents’ lab. He takes on the alter ego of Danny Phantom to protect his town and the world from ghost attacks. Danny has to balance his superhero duties with his everyday life as a student, making his existence more complicated.

Erik Wiese • Danny Phantom

Erik was a storyboard artist on the first season of Danny Phantom, starting with the pilot “Mystery Meat.”