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Ken Daurio is a Actor, Scriptwriter, Executive Producer, Songs and Additional Writing American born on 5 may 1964

Ken Daurio

Ken Daurio
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Nationality USA
Birth 5 may 1964 (59 years)

Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are American screenwriters. They are mostly known for writing screenplays for animated films, including Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and Despicable Me 2.

Paul was named after Cinco de Mayo, a celebration held on his birthday. After graduating from Yale University, he won a short film competition and received a fellowship at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated in 1993 from a screenwriting program.

Daurio started making films with a Super 8 camera at age 9. After high school, he began directing music videos and directed more than 100 videos.

Paul and Daurio have been collaborating since 1999. They have met when Paul wrote a musical for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 150-year celebration of the pioneers arrival in Utah, where Daurio had one of the leads. Hitting it off, having similar sense of humor, they have formed a band, playing at the local outdoor malls. Within a year they sold their first script, and a year later, their second script was made into film. To get noticed, they used to sing story pitches to film producers. Although not always successful, this strategy resulted in several produced films, including Bubble Boy (2001) and College Road Trip (2008). They were personally chosen by Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, to write an animated feature film adaptation of Horton Hears a Who! for 20th Century Fox Animation, led by Chris Meledandri. In 2007, when Meledandri founded a film production company named Illumination Entertainment, Paul and Daurio followed him. At Illumination, they wrote screenplays for a highly-successful film Despicable Me, and its sequel, Despicable Me 2. They also wrote a screenplay for an Easter Bunny film, Hop, and adapted another Dr. Seuss' book, The Lorax.

Although Paul and Daurio are screenwriting partners, they prefer to work independently. They divide up scenes, and read pages to each other, trying to make each other laugh. Cinco, having an education in screenwriting, generally works on scenes that contain emotion and requires the three-act structure. While Daurio, being more visually oriented person, usually does scenes with an action, sight gags and physical comedy. Both being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their beliefs had significant impact on their careers. They prefer "to write movies that are uplifting, optimistic and for everybody," while avoiding to be "preachy.

Best films

Minions (2015)
(Characters)
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
(Writer)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
(Scriptwriter)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
(Writer)
Despicable Me (2010)
(Scriptwriter)
The Grinch (2018)
(Writer)

Usually with

Chris Renaud
Chris Renaud
(8 films)
Éric Guillon
Éric Guillon
(6 films)
Kyle Balda
Kyle Balda
(4 films)
Pierre Coffin
Pierre Coffin
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ken Daurio (16 films)

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Actor

Despicable Me, 1h35
Directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Crime, Animation, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Sur la Lune, Comedy science fiction films, Space opera, Sur la Lune
Actors Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Gad Elmaleh, Kristen Wiig
Roles le garde égyptien
Rating75% 3.7955253.7955253.7955253.7955253.795525
Gru, a supervillain, has his pride injured when an unknown supervillain steals the Great Pyramid of Giza, an action that is described by his colleague Dr. Nefario as "making all other villains look lame." Gru decides to do better, with the assistance of Dr. Nefario, by shrinking and stealing the Moon, an idea based on his childhood dream of being an astronaut, which was always disparaged by his mother Marlena. The plan is expensive and Gru seeks a loan from the Bank of Evil, where the president Mr. Perkins is impressed by the plan, but will only provide the money if Gru can obtain the necessary shrink ray first.
Bubble Boy
Bubble Boy (2001)
, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz, Marley Shelton, Danny Trejo, John Carroll Lynch, Verne Troyer
Roles Todd
Rating57% 2.8501252.8501252.8501252.8501252.850125
Born without an immune system, Jimmy Livingston is forced to live in a sterilized dome in his bedroom, earning him the title "Bubble Boy" by his neighbors. Jimmy's overbearing and devout Christian mother only exposes him to Highlights magazine and the Land of the Lost for entertainment. When he is a teenager, a girl named Chloe moves in next door. Jimmy is immediately taken with her, and eventually befriends her despite his mother's discouragement.
Dude, Where's My Car?, 1h23
Directed by Danny Leiner
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Buddy films, Children's films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff, Kristy Swanson, David Herman
Roles Camp Counselor
Rating55% 2.750392.750392.750392.750392.75039
Jesse and Chester awaken with hangovers and no memory of the previous night. The television is on, showing an Animal Planet program about how animals use twigs and rocks as tools to get food. Their refrigerator is filled with containers of chocolate pudding, and the answering machine contains an angry message from their twin girlfriends Wilma and Wanda as to their whereabouts. They emerge from their home to find Jesse's car missing, and with it their girlfriends' one-year anniversary presents. This prompts Jesse to ask the film's titular question: "Dude, where's my car?"

Scriptwriter

The Grinch
The Grinch (2018)
, 1h26
Directed by Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney, Matthew O'Callaghan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Christmas films, Children's films
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury, Kenan Thompson, Scott Mosier, Sam Lavagnino
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.208883.208883.208883.208883.20888
La période des fêtes est une très mauvaise période pour le Grinch. Et pour cause, il déteste Noël ! Malheureusement pour lui, les habitants de Chouville, le village d'à côté, adorent cette fête et la célèbrent chaque année avec une ferveur démentielle. Las de cette frénésie annuelle, le Grinch a décidé de voler la fête de Noël pour ne plus avoir à endurer cette maudite ambiance festive.
Despicable Me 3, 1h30
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda, Éric Guillon
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Monde imaginaire
Actors Steve Carell, Trey Parker, Jenny Slate, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Pierre Coffin
Roles Writer
Rating62% 3.1054953.1054953.1054953.1054953.105495
Dans les années 1980, Balthazar Bratt est le jeune héros de la série à grand succès Evil Bratt. En 1990, après qu'il a été victime d'une poussée de puberté, la série s'arrête brutalement. Jurant de se venger, il devient dans les années 2010 un criminel extrêmement dangereux.
The Secret Life of Pets, 1h26
Directed by Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Films about birds, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Steve Coogan, Hannibal Buress
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.2459853.2459853.2459853.2459853.245985
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down when his owner Katie brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke, who was rescued from the pound. Little do they know, they have to put their quarrels behind when an adorable white rabbit named Snowball, the leader of an army of abandoned pets – called the "Flushed Pets" – is determined to take revenge on all happily-owned pets and their owners.
Minions
Minions (2015)
, 1h31
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Heist films, Children's films
Actors Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Pierre Coffin, Michael Keaton, Chris Renaud
Roles Characters
Rating64% 3.2000053.2000053.2000053.2000053.200005
Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history's most villainous masters. They find great masters—including a T-Rex, a caveman, an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula, and Napoleon,—but after accidentally killing nearly all of them with their incompetence, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. By 1968, the lack of a master to serve drives them into depression, so Kevin, one fearless Minion, plans to find a new one for them by going back out into the world. Stuart—a bored, teenaged minion who is obsessed with guitars—joins him reluctantly, as does an over-enthusiastic Bob, whom Kevin only chooses because of no one else willing to volunteer.
Despicable Me 2, 1h38
Directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about children
Actors Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove, Benjamin Bratt
Rating72% 3.6452453.6452453.6452453.6452453.645245
A mysterious vehicle using a huge magnet steals a highly potent mutagen known as PX-41 from a secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle. The Anti-Villain League (AVL) tries to recruit former supervillain, Gru, to find who stole the mutagen, but Gru refuses, claiming he is a legitimate businessman now as well as the father of Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Dr. Nefario, Gru's friend and assistant, has decided to leave him for new employment, claiming he "missed being evil." Gru reluctantly partners with undercover AVL agent Lucy Wilde, and they search a local mall, the Paradise Shopping Mall, disguised as bakery employees. Mexican restaurant owner, Eduardo Pérez, is suspected by Gru of being "El Macho", a legendary supervillain who supposedly died after skysurfing a shark into the center of an active volcano. Gru and Lucy break into Eduardo's restaurant at night, but find nothing to prove that he is the culprit. Meanwhile, Agnes expresses her wish to have a mother someday and believes that Gru will fall in love with Lucy, but despite her excitement, Gru tells her that his relationship with Lucy is strictly professional.
The Lorax
The Lorax (2012)
, 1h26
Directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about music and musicians, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Musical films, Political films, Dystopian films, Children's films
Actors Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Willow Smith
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.201243.201243.201243.201243.20124
Ted Wiggins is an idealistic 12-year-old boy [citation needed], who lives in "Thneedville", a walled city that, aside from the human citizens, is completely artificial; everything is made of plastic, metal, or synthetics. Ted has a crush on local environmentalist Audrey, who wants to see a "real tree" more than anything in the world, and decides to find one in order to impress her. His energetic Grammy Norma secretly tells Ted the legend of the Once-ler, who will tell anyone about trees if you brought him fifteen cents, a nail, and a shell of a great-great-great grandfather snail. When Ted leaves Thneedville in search of the Once-ler, he discovers that the outside world is a contaminated, empty wasteland. Once the boy finds him, the Once-ler agrees to tell Ted about the trees on the condition that he listens to the story over multiple visits. Ted agrees, but on his way home, he encounters the mayor of Thneedville, Aloysius O'Hare, who is also the proprietor of a company that sells bottled oxygen to Thneedville residents. O'Hare explains to Ted that because trees produce oxygen free of charge, he considers it a threat to his business whenever he hears people talking about them. After revealing that he has "security camera eyes" all over the city, O'Hare pressures Ted to stay in town. However, Ted continues to sneak out of O'Hare's sight (with his grandmother's encouragement) and learns more of the trees' history.
Hop
Hop (2011)
, 1h35
Directed by Tim Hill
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Cooking films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins
Roles Histoire
Rating54% 2.7056952.7056952.7056952.7056952.705695
On Easter Island, a young rabbit named E.B. is intended to succeed his father as the Easter Bunny. Intimidated by the calling's demands and ignoring his father's orders, E.B. runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer. E.B.'s father sends his three ninja royal guards, the Pink Berets, to find his son. Meanwhile, Easter Chicks Carlos and Phil plot a coup d'état against him to take over the Easter organization.
Minions: Orientation Day, 3minutes
Directed by Kyle Balda
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Actors Pierre Coffin, Rob Huebel
Rating67% 3.3510053.3510053.3510053.3510053.351005
Après avoir vu un film d'orientation, les Minions doivent prendre des décisions. Qu'est-ce qui pourrait mal tourner?
Despicable Me, 1h35
Directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Crime, Animation, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Sur la Lune, Comedy science fiction films, Space opera, Sur la Lune
Actors Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Gad Elmaleh, Kristen Wiig
Rating75% 3.7955253.7955253.7955253.7955253.795525
Gru, a supervillain, has his pride injured when an unknown supervillain steals the Great Pyramid of Giza, an action that is described by his colleague Dr. Nefario as "making all other villains look lame." Gru decides to do better, with the assistance of Dr. Nefario, by shrinking and stealing the Moon, an idea based on his childhood dream of being an astronaut, which was always disparaged by his mother Marlena. The plan is expensive and Gru seeks a loan from the Bank of Evil, where the president Mr. Perkins is impressed by the plan, but will only provide the money if Gru can obtain the necessary shrink ray first.
Horton Hears a Who!, 1h26
Directed by Steve Martino, Jimmy Hayward
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Films about birds, Films about apes, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Jesse McCartney, Will Arnett
Rating67% 3.3968153.3968153.3968153.3968153.396815
A dust speck is dislodged from its obscure place and sent adrift through the Jungle of Nool. At the same time, Horton the elephant (Jim Carrey), the jungle's eccentric nature teacher, takes a dip in the pool. The dust speck floats past him in the air, and he hears a tiny yelp coming from it. Believing that an entire society of microscopic creatures are living on that speck, he places it atop a clover. Horton finds out the speck harbors the city of Whoville and its inhabitants, the Whos, led by Mayor Ned McDodd (Steve Carell). He has a wife, Sally (Amy Poehler), 96 daughters (whose names all begin with the letter H), and one teenage son named JoJo (Jesse McCartney). Despite being the oldest and next in line for the mayoral position, JoJo doesn't want to be mayor, and because he's so scared of disappointing his father, never speaks. Once Horton begins carrying the speck with him, the city starts experiencing strange phenomena (earthquakes and changes in the weather), and the Mayor finds his attempts to caution Whoville challenged by the Town Council, led by the opportunistic yet condescending Chairman (Dan Fogler).
College Road Trip, 1h23
Directed by Roger Kumble
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Raven-Symoné, Martin Lawrence, Brenda Song, Kym Whitley, Eshaya Draper, Margo Harshman
Roles Writer
Rating43% 2.163992.163992.163992.163992.16399
The film is about Melanie Porter (Raven-Symoné), a 17-year-old college-bound girl who is getting ready to graduate from high school and really wants to go to Georgetown University. However, her father James Porter (Martin Lawrence), the chief of police in the quiet Chicago suburb where they live, is overprotective of Melanie, and isn't ready for her to leave and study so far away from home. Chief Porter has other plans for Melanie; he wants her to go to Northwestern University which is only 28 minutes away from home. Porter also receives problems from disagreements with his real estate agent wife, Michelle (Kym E. Whitley), the family pig Albert, who continuously annoys him, and his young son Trey (Eshaya Draper), who spends much time with the pig. Melanie gets invited to an interview at Georgetown after a college recruiter saw her performance at a mock trial. Her two best friends, Nancy (Brenda Song) and Katie (Margo Harshman), offer to take her on their college road trip to Pittsburgh. Melanie is all set to go with her friends until her father surprises her with his own college road trip to Washington, D.
Where Is Fred?, 1h51
Directed by Anno Saul
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about disabilities
Actors Til Schweiger, Alexandra Maria Lara Claudia Paolina, Jürgen Vogel, Christoph Maria Herbst, Anja Kling, Tanja Wenzel
Rating62% 3.149653.149653.149653.149653.14965
Fred plans to marry his girlfriend Mara, and he proposes her at the sold–out basketball match. Instead of accepting, Mara puts that decision on her spoiled son, Linus. In order to get Linus to like him, Fred decides to give him a basketball from the Linus' favourite team. He poses as a wheelchair–bound fan so that he could get it. But when he catches the ball, he also catches the attention of young, attractive filmmaker Denise, who wants to feature an invalid fan in an image film for the team. Fred has to keep playing his role, while real invalid and really furious fan Ronny might call his bluff at any moment.