Jakob Hjort Jensen has been working in the animation industry for over 20 years for DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Animation and Imagi Animation where he acted as the Animation Director on the theatrical release “Astro Boy.”
A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Jensen started his career in animation at the age of 17. Jensen worked as an assistant animator at A-Film studios in Copenhagen, honing his craft on several commercials and features such as “Asterix Conquers America,” “Jungle Jack,” and “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2.” He soon moved to London where he landed a job as animator working at Amblimation Studios in London on the feature “Balto.”
Relocating to the US Jensen worked for DreamWorks Animation since its inception in 1995 with credits as Character Designer on “Over the Hedge” and Animator on the studio’s animated films “The Prince of Egypt,” “The Road to El Dorado,” “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”, “Madagascar” and “Shark Tale. He acted as the Senior Supervising Animator on the title character, Sinbad, in DreamWorks’ animated action adventure “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” as well as Supervising Animator on the main character, Hiccup, in DreamWorks’ hit “How to Train your Dragon” for which he was nominated for an Annie Award. He reprised the role of Hiccup in the sequel “How to Train your Dragon 2” (2014). Between those two films he supervised the animation of the character Guy in “The Croods”, which earned him an Annie Award.
Other credits include Walt Disney’s 2007 hit “Enchanted.”
In Fall of 2014 he and Rune Brandt Bennicke co-authored the Children’s Book “The Mystery Hat” which Jensen also illustrated. See the teaser in the Personal Work section!