Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have been collaborating since 1999. 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 a computer-animated feature film adaptation of HORTON HEARS A WHO! for Blue Sky Studios via 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 the highly-successful animated film DESPICABLE ME and its sequel, DESPICABLE ME 2. They also wrote for Illumination’s other films, the live-action/animated Easter-themed HOP and adapted another Dr. Seuss book into a computer-animated film, THE LORAX.