Dean Wellins was born March 24th, 1971 to Stan and Ellen Wellins at a US Air Force Base near Zaragosa, Spain. At about the age of three, his father (a Dentist/Oral Surgeon in the Air Force) was re-stationed and Dean along with his brothers William and Mike and his sister Patti, moved back to the US. First to Wyoming them finally to Merced, California. Read more... and High School. After graduating he attended the University of California at Davis, where he studied art and design and was later accepted into the Character Animation Program at CalArts in Valencia, California. After 17 years in the animation industry doing commercials and feature films such as The Iron Giant and Treasure Planet, he still lives near CalArts in Newhall, California with his wife Teresa and his three sons Ethan, Owen and Aiden.