In 1995, Mari came to the United States to pursue her studies in art. She first attended Santa Monica Community College (Mentor program), Santa Monica, California, then Associates in Art, Sherman Oaks, California, and lastly, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, where she received her BFA in Character Animation in 2004. Her short animated film, Blue and Orange, has been an official selection at numerous national and international film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and was the Japan Grand Prize winner at the Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005. Her professional works include Duckstudios, Santa Monica, Walt Disney CP, Glendale, Sanrio,,co. LTD, Japan, Cartoon Network, Burbank, Nickelodeon, New York, Nylon Motion Inc., Los Angeles, Oishii Productions, Los Angeles and NGTV, Los Angeles. Along with her animation works, Mari regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings, as well as designs clothes, toy figures, and other fun products.
Elizabeth Ito is a storyboard artist and writer whose main work has been with the shows Phineas and Ferband Adventure Time. She has also storyboarded such titles as Astro Boy and Everyone's Hero. After serving as a storyboard artist on Adventure Time for the first season, she left to work at Sony Pictures Animation. She later returned to the series near the middle of season five, and currently serves as one of the series' supervising directors.
Pendleton Ward (born September 23, 1982) is an American animator, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor who works for Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios. He created the Emmy Award-winning series Adventure Time (2010–2018) and the Internet series Bravest Warriors (2012–). Ward is a graduate of the CalArts Animation Program. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles.