Simo Otto is a Director, Animator and Story Artist from DreamWorks Animation. He is the Head of Character Animation for How to Train Your Dragon.


Simon Otto is from Switzerland and grew up in a town outside Zurich. He started his art career by creating snow sculptures commercially. He started his education in banking, but soon turned back to art and attended the F&F Schule fuer Experimentelle Gestaltung in Zurich.

Simon Otto joined Dreamworks in 1997 and worked on his first animated film, The Prince of Egypt. He worked as a Supervising Animator for both 2D and CG animated films, including Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Flushed Away and Over the Hedge. He won a VES Award in 2011 for 'Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture' for How to Train Your Dragon.

Selected Filmography

  • The Road to El Dorado (2000) - Animator
  • Bee Movie (2007) - Additional Animator
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008) - Additional Animator

Dragons Franchise Filmography




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