Erik Wiese (last name pronounced "Vice"; born January 24, 1974) is an animator, prolific storyboard artist, director, and writer who is best known for his work on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, beginning with his character development and design for the pilot episode, "Help Wanted."
Wiese was also co-creator of The Mighty B!, where he directed all of the episodes, and served as the creative director, executive producer, writer and storyboard artist for the series. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts. He has been married to Cynthia True since May 10, 2007.
Wiese's other credits include The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie as a storyboard artist and animator, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie as a layout artist, Danny Phantom as the lead storyboard artist, The Fairly OddParents as a storyboard artist, The Wild Thornberrys as an additional storyboard artist, and Samurai Jack as a writer and storyboard artist. He's also worked on CatDog as a character designer and layout artist, The X's as a storyboard artist, and as a director on the 2000 animated series Sammy.
Wiese served as a character layout artist, animation supervisor, and assistant director to John Kricfalusi at Spümcø, working on the animated Björk music video "I Miss You", and the Ranger Smith cartoons A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith and Boo Boo Runs Wild.
Wiese briefly worked in video games in 1995 as a storyboard and concept artist for Donald Starring in Maui Mallard and The Lion King. In recent years, Wiese served as the storyboard supervisor and head of story on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a supervising producer on the French-British animated series Dude, That's My Ghost!, and as a writer for the currently unreleased Star Wars Detours.
Mighty B! credits
Katie Rice said of Wiese overseeing the artists on the series: "He was very cool about letting his artists draw their own way while at the same time expecting and encouraging high quality drawings."
Wiese was heavily involved in The Mighty B!, directing every single episode of the show and occasionally writing/storyboarding on some. For the sake of brevity, his directing credits will not be listed, but his writing and storyboard work on the show is stated below.
|101a||"So Happy Together"||Co-writer (with Cynthia True), Storyboard artist|
|102a||"Bee My Baby"||Story (with Cynthia True)|
|102b||"Bee Afraid"||Co-writer (with Cynthia True), Storyboard artist|
|110b||"Toot Toot"||Co-writer (with Cynthia True)|
|111b||"Hat Trick"||Story (with Cynthia True)|
|120||"Dragonflies"||Co-writer (with Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao and Cynthia True)|
|201||"Catatonic"||Co-writer (with Cynthia True)|
|2000||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||storyboard artist/character layout artist|
|2004||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||storyboard artist|
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||storyboard supervisor/head of story|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||story artist|
|2018||Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||story artist|
|2018||The Christmas Chronicles||storyboard artist|
- Wiese's last name is seen on the customer list at Mr. Wu's Restaurant in "Doppelfinger."
- He is caricatured in "Bee Nice" as one of the men disguised as puppies.
- Wiese stated that "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" and "Bee Patients" are among his favorite episodes of the series.
- His favorite character is Happy.
- Wiese's name appears on Bessie's birth certificate in "Name Shame."
- He is the only crew member who functioned as a director, writer and storyboard artist.
- Wiese received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for directing the series, and won a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society.
- Erik Wiese's Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved March 3, 2022. Quote: "Last pronounced Vice."
- Perlmutter, David (March 13, 2014). America Toons In: A History of Television Animation. Page 328. McFarland & Company. International standard book number 9781476614885.
- Perlmutter, David (May 4, 2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Page 391. Rowman & Littlefield. International standard book number 9781538103746.
- Terrace, Vincent (June 8, 2009). The Year in Television, 2008: A Catalog of New and Continuing Series, Miniseries, Specials and TV Movies. Page 84. McFarland & Company. International standard book number 9780786453368.
- Rice, Katie (August 10, 2011). Tumblr ask from w1ldflwr. Tumblr. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
- Wiese, Erik (May 3, 2022). Erik on Twitter: "@ryuuseipro @NoConTheMightyB That would be Alex Kirwan on the far left, and next to him is Larry Murphy. 🙂". Twitter. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
- NYCC 08: The Mighty B! Panel. April 21, 2008. Geekanerd (BlogSpot.com). Retrieved June 8, 2021.
- Ball, Ryan (September 5, 2008). Mighty B! Back with Corddry. Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
- Behind the Mighty B!: Meet the Creators and Cast. February 24, 2009. We Got the Bee.
- Lewis, Jessica (May 12, 2010). 2010 Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!. Broadway World. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
- 2012 Reuben Award Winners. May 26, 2012. National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
- Interview with Erik Wiese on a CatDog fansite, conducted in the early 2000s