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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise - my 52nd choice as Disney Legends

Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise are tied at number 53 for my choice as Disney Legends. The two often worked together as animators and directors for Walt Disney Studios. I hold them in high esteem as directors of Beauty and The Beast - perhaps the greatest animated film of all time.

Trousdale's work with Disney includes animation in the movies The Black Cauldron, Oliver and Company, The Rescuers Down Under, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Prince and the Pauper. He worked as a writer for The Lion King and Atlantis: Milo's Return and was also a director for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He was a special effects contributor to the live action movie My Science Project. He even ventured in the parks as the pre-show director for the now defunct Epcot attraction Cranium Command. He moved to Dreamworks Studios in 2003.

Wise also directed Beauty and the Beast,  The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He worked as an animator on Disney films such as The Great Mouse Detective, The Brave Little Toaster, Sport Goofy in Soccermania, Oliver and Company, The Rescuers Down Under, The Prince and the Pauper and The Lion King. He helped as a writer for Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He was also the executive producer of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. He was a voice actor and sequence director for the Epcot attraction Cranium Command. most recently he was the executive producer for Disney's Oceans and as a creative consultant for Chimpanzee.

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