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Arlene Klasky


May 26, 1949 (age 74) (
Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Gabor Csupo (m. 1979–1995)

California Institute of the Arts

Brandon Csupo, Jarrett Csupo

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Movies and TV shows
Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, The Rugrats Movie, Rocket Power, All Grown Up!

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Arlene Klasky (born May 26, 1949) is an American animator, graphic designer, producer and co-founder of Klasky-Csupo with Gábor Csupó. In 1999, she was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Animation” by Animation Magazine. She is most known for co-creating the animated series Rugrats with her husband Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain.


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Klasky and her partner, Gabor Csupo, formed Klasky Csupo, Inc. in 1982. Combining their respective talents in graphic design and character animation proved to be a long-lasting successful formula. Today, she continues to work on new project development for television and features. She oversees the studio’s projects in broadstrokes on a daily basis along with Csupo. Klasky was the creative force behind the box-office hits The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.

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Klasky played a major role as co-creator and executive producer on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Rugrats and designed several of the series’ major characters. Her vision has inspired other distinctive productions, including Rugrats, The Simpsons, Futurama, Duckman, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Santo Bugito, Rocket Power and The Wild Thornberrys.

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Klasky’s diverse career shares common origins with the special effects/film graphics industry. After studying animation at the California Institute of the Arts, Klasky gained her first professional experience as a designer of signage and logos for architectural projects. She entered the music industry as a designer for major record labels such as A & M Records.

After stints as a magazine and advertising art director, Klasky made the transition into film, joining the legendary Robert Abel and Associates doing special effects and graphics for film. She quickly progressed to freelance title design for New World Pictures and then for Marks & Marks and California Film, another company she co-founded, designed on-air promos, station Ids and graphic titles.

Personal life

She was once married to her business partner Gábor Csupó, before they started their animation company. They have two sons together from their marriage. They remain business partners. Tommy Pickles' appearance from Rugrats is based on her younger son, Brandon. Her older son's name is Jarrett.

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She formed Klasky Csupo with Gabor in their two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood in 1982. It later was moved to Seward Street in Hollywood. They designed the titles for 21 Jump Street, Anything But Love, and In Living Color. They also produced music videos for Beastie Boys and Luther Vandross. In 1989, they started Rugrats with the unaired pilot "Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing" and the series started in August 1991. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters premiered on Halloween in 1994, their second cartoon show to be aired on Nickelodeon. In 2003 she made the spin-off All Grown Up!; in America it aired from 2003-2009 on The N, 2003-2006 on Nickelodeon, and 2004–present on Nicktoons TV.


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