Gary Trousdale

Director, Animator, Storyman
An animation veteran while still relatively young, Trousdale took a slightly less direct route to glory in the Disney animation department than some of his contemporaries. Nonetheless, he would go on to co-direct ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1960 in La Crescenta, California, USA

Filmography

Art Department (7)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

Story Artist (Storyboard Artist)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Caricature Artist (Storyboard Artist)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Story Artist (Storyboard Artist)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Additional Story Artist (Storyboard Artist)

The Prince and the Pauper 1990 (Movie)

storyboard (Storyboard Artist)

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

storyboards (Storyboard Artist)

The Little Mermaid 1989 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)
Director (5)

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Scared Shrekless (TV Show)

Director
Actor (4)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

of The Old Heretic (Voice)

Shrek the Halls (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (3)

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

(Story By)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

My Science Project 1985 (Movie)

effects animator (Animator)

Stanley, The Ugly Duckling (TV Show)

Animator
Executive (1)

Aladdin 1992 (Movie)

pre-production story development(CGI) (Development Executive)

Biography

An animation veteran while still relatively young, Trousdale took a slightly less direct route to glory in the Disney animation department than some of his contemporaries. Nonetheless, he would go on to co-direct "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), a landmark in the history of the medium. A product of the innovative character animation program at the Disney-sponsored California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Trousdale found full-time work as an animator while in his third year. However, unlike such fellow alumni as John Lasseter ("Toy Story") and Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach"), he did not go directly to Disney. Instead, Trousdale spent a year at Carter/Mendez Productions where he animated, designed and storyboarded various TV projects including "Stanley, The Ugly Duckling" (ABC, 1982), a presentation of the "ABC Weekend Specials". Trousdale next worked for Grand American Fare, doing illustrations and paste-ups for restaurant menus, special event flyers and tee shirts. Trousdale's fortunes began to change when he was hired by Disney.

Relationships

Jill Trousdale

Wife

Calvin Trousdale

Son
born on December 20, 1993

Nathan Trousdale

Son
born on January 1, 1988

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California
attended three years until hired by Carter/Mendez Productions in 1982 to work in TV animation

Milestones

2001

With Wise, co-directed the animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"

1996

Reteamed with directing partner Wise for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", Disney's 34th full-length animated feature

1996

Entered a long-term exclusive commitment to Walt Disney Feature Animation, reteaming him with Wise on several more projects

1994

Worked as a storyboarder on the blockbuster Disney animated feature "The Lion King"

1993

Was collaborating with Wise in preproduction on "A Song of the Sea", a proposed Disney animated feature about humpbacked whales, when the opportunity came to switch projects; began preproduction on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (date approximate)

1992

Credited for pre-production story development (Computer Generated Imagery) for the popular Disney animated feature "Aladdin"

1991

Feature directing debut (with Wise) on the acclaimed Disney animated feature "Beauty and the Beast"

1989

First directing collaboration with Kirk Wise on "Cranium Command", the four-minute animated pre-show for the "Wonders of Life" exhibit at Disney's Epcot Center

1989

Credited as a storyboard artist for the breakthrough Disney animated feature "The Little Mermaid"

1985

First Disney credits, effects assistant (or "in-between effects artist") on the animated feature "The Black Cauldron" and worked as an ("assistant and clean-up") effects animator on the live-action teen film "My Science Project"

1984

Hired by Disney in May

1983

Worked for Grand American Fare, doing illustrations and paste-ups for restaurant menus, special event flyers and T-shirts

1982

First TV credit, animator on "Stanley, The Ugly Duckling", a presentation of the "ABC Weekend Specials"

1982

Hired by Carter/Mendez Productions; worked for one year animating, designing and storyboarding various TV projects

Left CalArts after attending for three years

Met a representative from CalArts during his sophomore year of high school

Gained attention at the Disney Studio with a series of "bad attitude" gag cartoons

Assembled a portfolio of his drawings and paintings; accepted by CalArts after high school

Transferred to the story development team for the feature animation division of Disney

Was creating his own cartoon "flip books" by fourth grade

Considered becoming an architect during junior high school

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