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Momo Wang is an animation and creative director for the entertainment studio Illumination Entertainment. She directs short films and animated content for the company’s blockbuster franchises including Minions, Despicable Me, Sing, and The Grinch.

Recently, Momo wrote and directed Penglai, an animated short film narrated by Scarlet Johannsen and produced by Illumination / Universal Pictures. She is also an Inductee into the Asian Hall of Fame for her trailblazing art and creative work in the U.S. and China.

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Animator, Filmmaker, Fine Artist

Growing up in Beijing Momo spent her childhood immersed in comics and animation. While earning her animation degree at the Communication University of China (CUC), Beijing she created Tuzki, a lovable bunny character that has gone on to become one of the most recognized, branded characters worldwide.

She built and sold the Tuzki franchise to Time-Warner and relocated to Hong Kong to oversee the brand’s growth. 


Momo then moved to Los Angeles and earned her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2014. She later founded the Momo Wang Scholarship in 2020 to support international students attending CalArts.


Momo is the author of numerous cartoon, graphic novel and book series that have sold nearly one million copies worldwide. Titles include Momo Who?, The Best of You is Yet to Come, and I, Tuzki, U? which spent over one year on Best Seller lists across Asia. Her digital work, from comics to stickers, has been shared by billions of consumers worldwide.


Momo collaborates with global brands including Gap, Tencent, Apple, HP, Motorola, Vans, and CryptoKitties on content and fashion projects. She has over one million followers across her social media channels.


Her work and stories have been featured globally across major media outlets, including CNN, South China Morning Post, GQ, Elle, Cosmpolitan, Sanlian Lifeweek, Southern Weekly, and The Financial Times.


Momo currently lives in sunny Southern California and is working on her first animated feature film.

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