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The Muppets 2011 - Meet the Muppets

Heinzen's cover for Meet the Muppets

Kory Heinzen (b. 1972) is an illustrator who has also worked in animation as a layout/visual development artist (primarily for Dreamworks). He illustrated Meet the Muppets (based on the 2011 film The Muppets) and other "Passport to Reading" titles featuring the Muppets.

Heinzen has worked in both animation and print media. He worked as a layout assistant on Warner Bros.' Quest for Camelot (and during that time worked on Disney books for Hercules, Tarzan, and The Little Mermaid). He joined the San Francisco studio Wild Brain as a background painter and concept artist on commercials, short films, and the hand-drawn elements of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Heinzen joined Dreamworks in 2003, working in visual development or production illustration, supplying art depicting character, location, and layout concepts among others. He filled those duties on Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Megamind, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman. He worked on assorted shorts and was art director for The Adventures of Puss in Boots series on Netflix.

For video games, Heinzen worked on concepts and character designs for Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and others. In addition to illustrating character tie-in books, Heinzen supplied the art for the 2012 picture book Escaping Titanic: A Young Girl's True Story of Survival.

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