Don Hahn

Producer, Production manager, Author
A major player in the Hollywood animation "renaissance" of the 1990s, veteran Disney staffer Don Hahn oversaw the production of two landmark animated features: "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "The Lion King" (1994) ... Read more »
Born: in Illinois, USA


Producer (19)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chimpanzee 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

High Ground 2012 (Movie)


African Cats 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Oceans 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)


Earth 2009 (Movie)

(Disneynature) (Executive Producer)

The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films 2007 (Movie)

("The Little Matchgirl") (Producer)

The Little Matchgirl 2007 (Movie)


Lorenzo 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Haunted Mansion 2003 (Movie)


Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)


The Emperor's New Groove 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)


The Lion King 1994 (Movie)


Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)


Tummy Trouble 1989 (Movie)


Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Sound (8)

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

sound recording mixer(music) (Sound)

The Little Drummer Boy, Book II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


The First Christmas Snow 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Show)


Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Show)


The First Easter Rabbit (TV Show)

Music (7)

Jakarta 1989 (Movie)

music recording (Music)

Braddock: Missing in Action III 1988 (Movie)

music recording (Music)

D.O.A. 1988 (Movie)

music engineer (Music)

Maniac Cop 1988 (Movie)

music recording (Music)

Oceans of Fire (TV Show)


See You in My Dreams (TV Show)

Score Recording
Actor (5)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)


The Making of the Lion King 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Production Management (3)

The Great Mouse Detective 1986 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

The Black Cauldron 1985 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

The Fox and the Hound 1981 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Director (2)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)


Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

(host sequences) (Director)
Writer (1)

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

(host sequences) (Screenplay)
Executive (1)

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

(Walt Disney Animation) (Executive)
Other (1)

Mickey's Christmas Carol 1988 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)


A major player in the Hollywood animation "renaissance" of the 1990s, veteran Disney staffer Don Hahn oversaw the production of two landmark animated features: "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "The Lion King" (1994). The former alerted the industry to both the commercial and artistic possibilities of the medium as it amassed rapturous reviews and over $145 million in box-office receipts. "Beauty and the Beast" also became the first animated feature to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Only marginally less acclaimed, "The Lion King" achieved even greater success in the marketplace with domestic receipts totaling around $340 million, making it not only Disney's biggest hit but also as of 1996) the fifth highest grossing box-office champ. Intimately involved in each aspect of his films--ranging from scripting to music to color to performance--Hahn has emerged as Disney's ace producer of animated features.

After performing with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic in high school and studying music and art at Cal State, Northridge, Hahn started a career as an orchestral percussionist before segueing to animation. He joined the Disney Studio in 1976, earning his first credit as a production assistant on "Pete's Dragon" (1977). The next phase of his education was supervised by an acknowledged master of animation. Hahn served as an assistant animator to Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman--one of the legendary "Nine Old Men" from the glory days of the studio in the 30s and 40s--on the 1981 feature "The Fox and the Hound". He subsequently gained production credits on the failed cartoon epic "The Black Cauldron" (1985) and the more modest but charming "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986).

Moving to England on an assignment in the mid-80s served to transform Hahn's career. He signed on as associate producer on Disney and Amblin Entertainment's ambitious live- action/animation hybrid "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988). The film's huge success paved the way for Hahn's first outing as a producer, "Beauty and the Beast". A successful formula had been established with Disney's prior animated outing "The Little Mermaid" (1989)--an isolated innocent protagonist with magical little friends learns important life lessons to the accompaniment of Broadway-styled show tunes--but Hahn and directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise fine-tuned it, created a classic for the entire family and single-handedly revived the musical as a commercial film genre. In fact, the film generated a hit Broadway musical. As for Hahn's follow-up, in addition to setting box-office records, "The Lion King" took Disney marketing and merchandising to new heights.

Hahn reteamed with the "Beauty and the Beast" helmers for an ambitious musical adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996), a kinder, gentler take on Victor Hugo's 1831 novel. Nonetheless, while widely acclaimed, the film took some heat for its harsh subject matter and frightening situations. That same year, Hahn extended his commitment to Walt Disney Feature Animation for several more projects over the subsequent seven years including "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001), an animated feature with Trousdale and Wise.


Emilie Hahn


Denise Hahn



California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California
studied music and art



Produced the animated short, "The Little Matchgirl" directed by Roger Allers; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short


Produced the Oscar-nominated animated short "Lorenzo"


Served as producer of the animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", co-directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise


Directed the live-action sequences in "Fantasia 2000"


Extended his commitment to Walt Disney Feature Animation for another seven years


Reunited with directors Trousdale and Wise to produce the lavish period musical animated feature, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"


Served as producer on the hugely successful animated feature, "The Lion King"; film went on to become the highest grossing film in Disney history and one of the top five box-office champs


Feature producing debut, the critically and commercially acclaimed Disney feature "Beauty and the Beast"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture


Producing debut, "Tummy Trouble", a "Maroon Cartoon" short starring Roger Rabbit; early collaborations with director Rob Minkoff (co-director of "The Lion King") and storymen Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise (co-directors of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Hu


Moved to London, England to begin a two year stint as associate producer on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (released 1988), a Disney co-production with Amblin Entertainment


Served as production manager on the animated feature "The Great Mouse Detective"


First credit as production manager, "The Black Cauldron", an unsuccessful animated feature


Served as assistant animator to legendary Disney animator-director Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman on the feature "The Fox and the Hound"


First Disney credit, production assistant on "Pete's Dragon"


Joined the Walt Disney Studio

Produced "Michael and Mickey", a short film combining animation and live-action, for the Sneak Preview Theater at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida

Started a career as an orchestral percussionist

Moved to Southern California at age three

While in high school, performed as a member of the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic