Independent animation studio Wild Brain, Inc., has hired veteran animation director/designer Denis Morella. Prior to joining Wild Brain, Morella worked with Curious Pictures in San Francisco developing several pieces for Cartoon Network entitled ANIMATE YOUR WORLD, which won the "Best Animated Campaign" award at the World Animation Celebration. Morella also created and directed a 7-minute short for Cartoon Network called PRICKLES THE CACTUS. Highlights of commercial work include the design and direction of a stop-motion animation campaign for Best Buy and spots for Pringles, GTE and CBS. At Wild Brain, Denis has been able to hone his singularly eccentric style. His offbeat humor is evident in his recently completed shorts for cartoonnetwork.com including Yogi Bear in LULLABYE BYE BEAR, and Uncle Squirly in SQUIRL INTERRUPTED (the sequel to UNCLE SQUIRLY'S TREEHOUSE). He also contributed to the recent summer campaign for Wrigley's Winterfresh gum with a dynamic commercial spot entitled "Paramedic. " Ive known Denis for years and I'm delighted to finally have him on board for commercials, said Paul Golden, executive producer of commercials at Wild Brain. His wit, style and verve fits Wild Brain to a tee.