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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Mark Henn - My 9th pick as a Disney Legend.

Mark Henn is my first animator on this list (Yes Lasseter is an animator but his greatest work has come as a producer and executive), and in my humble opinion the most deserving animator not currently a Disney Legend.
  • Henn has been an animator for Disney studios for 35+ years. He was mentored by Disney Legend and one pf the Nine Old Men, Eric Larson.
  • He has been nominated for an Annie award four times: three times for Character Animation for The Lion King, Mulan, and Winnie the Pooh, and once for Short Animated Film Direction for John Henry.
  • He has animated many of Disney’s best-known characters (from Goofy to Winnie the Pooh to the mice in The Rescuers), he has the reputation as the animator of heroines. He animated Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Ariel from Little Mermaid, Jasmine from Aladdin, Mulan from Mulan, and Tiana from Princess and the Frog.
  • He also animated Mickey Mouse in the Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol and Pete in the short Get a Horse. He was heavily involved with Olaf in Frozen.
  • He moved to Florida to work in the new animation department at the recently opened Hollywood Studios. Here he worked on shorts such as Roller Coaster Rabbit, The Prince and the Pauper and Trail Mix-Up.He eventually worked on several films from the Florida studio as well, including Aladdin.
  • He appeared in one episode of Full House, playing an animator from Disney!
  • In more recent years, he has helped to instruct younger animators how to utilize the principles of traditional animation in CG animation, doing hand drawn overlays on character poses to better help bring life to the character animation.
  • His filmography from his Wikipedia page:


1981       The Fox and the Hound Animator (Uncredited)
1983       Mickey's Christmas Carol              Animator
1985       The Black Cauldron          Character Animator
1986       The Great Mouse Detective        Supervising Animator: "Basil" And "Dr. Dawson"
1988       Oliver & Company           Supervising Animator: "Oliver" And "Dodger"
1989       The Little Mermaid          Directing Animator/Supervising Animator: "Ariel"
1990       The Rescuers Down Under          Supervising Animator: "Bernard" And "Bianca"
1991       Beauty and the Beast     Supervising Animator: "Belle"
1992       Aladdin Supervising Animator: "Princess Jasmine"
1994       The Lion King     Supervising Animator: "Young Simba"
1995       Pocahontas        Animator: "Pocahontas"
1998       Mulan   Supervising Animator: "Mulan", "Fa Zhou"
2000       The Tigger Movie             Animation Consultant (Uncredited)
The Emperor's New Groove        Additional Animator
2002       Lilo & Stitch         Lead Animator: "Hula Dancers"
2004       Home on the Range        Supervising Animator: "Grace", "Wesley", "Rusty" And "Pearl"
2006       Bambi II                Supervising Animator: "Ronno"
The Fox and the Hound 2             Animation Consultant (Uncredited)
2007       Meet the Robinsons       Animator
Enchanted          Animator
2009       The Princess and the Frog            Supervising Animator: "Tiana"
2011       Winnie the Pooh              Supervising Animator: "Winnie the Pooh" And "Christopher Robin"[2]
2012       Wreck-It Ralph  Additional Visual Development
2013       Saving Mr. Banks              Animator: "Tinker Bell"
2013       Frozen  Lead 2D Animator: Anna And Olaf

2014       Big Hero 6            Lead 2D Animator

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