Mike Gabriel

Animator, Animation director, Character designer
Viewing the Disney animated classic "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) inspired the five-year-old Mike Gabriel to become an animator. To achieve this goal, the future animation director began drawing everyday. Opportunity knocked ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1954 in Long Beach, California, USA

Filmography

Visual Effects & Animation (10)

Zootopia 2016 (Movie)

Departmental Leadership(Walt Disney Animation Studios) (Visual Effects)

Brave 2012 (Movie)

Development Artist (Visual Effects)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

Visual Development Artist (Visual Effects)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

Visual Development (Visual Effects)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Visual Development Artist(Visual Development & Character Design) (Digital Effects Artist)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

visual development (Visual Effects Designer)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

(Animation Supervisor)

When the Wind Blows 1988 (Movie)

(Background Artist)

The Great Mouse Detective 1986 (Movie)

character animator (Animator)

The Black Cauldron 1985 (Movie)

(Animator)
Art Department (7)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

(Illustrator)

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

(Art Director)

Bolt 2008 (Movie)

Story Artist(Story) (Storyboard Artist)

Dinosaur 2000 (Movie)

artist(additional visual development) (Art Department)

Asterix and the Big Fight 1989 (Movie)

decorator (Set Decorator)

Asterix in Britain 1986 (Movie)

(Set Designer)
Director (3)

Lorenzo 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tim Burton: Trick or Treat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Lorenzo 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)
Executive (1)

Big Hero 6 2014 (Movie)

Departmental Leadership(Walt Disney Animation Studios) (Executive)
Other (3)

Night Moves 2014 (Movie)

Flagger (Coordinator)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

character design (Other)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

character design (Other)

Biography

Viewing the Disney animated classic "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) inspired the five-year-old Mike Gabriel to become an animator. To achieve this goal, the future animation director began drawing everyday. Opportunity knocked unexpectedly in 1979 when the most promising of the new generation of Disney animators--Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy (the nucleus of what would become Don Bluth Studios)--quit in disillusionment with the current company product and 11 others followed suit the next day leaving the studio's next scheduled feature only partially completed. Gabriel was hired that year as an assistant on "The Fox and the Hound" (released 1981).

Relationships

Tammy Gabriel

Wife

Kelsea Gabriel

Daughter

Henry Gabriel

Son

EDUCATION

Golden West College

Huntington Beach , California
took first animation class; made his first film and even painted his own cels

Milestones

1995

Directed (with Eric Goldberg) the highly touted "Pocahontas", reputedly the first Disney animated feature inspired by an actual historical subject

1990

Feature directing debut (as Michael Gabriel with Hendel Butoy), "The Rescuers Down Under"

1990

Pitched the idea for "Pocahontas"

1988

Provided story (with 12 other writers), character design (with two other artists) and served as a supervising animator (with five others) on the cartoon feature "Oliver & Company"

1986

First feature credit as a character animator, "The Great Mouse Detective"; designed Toby and Felicia (the supporting dog and cat players)

1985

First feature animator credit, Disney's "The Black Cauldron"

1982

First credit as an animator, "Fun with Mr. Future", a Disney special featuring new animated sequences and live-action stock footage

1979

Joined the Disney Studio as an employee after Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy and 11 other animators quit within two days, leaving the feature "The Fox and the Hound" partially completed

Had a summer job drawing airline safety cards for a Stanton, CA-based company

Drew for six hours each day

Wrote an outline for "Pocahontas"; worked closely with storyman Joe Grant on preliminary visual experimentation and story ideas

First Disney assignment, assisted on "The Fox and the Hound" (released 1981)

Began regular correspondence with the Disney animation studio at age 18; they offered encouragement but no job

Inspired to become an animator after seeing Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" at age 5; began drawing regularly

Born in Long Beach, CA

Grew up in small towns like Salina, KS while moving around due to his father's Air Force job

Applied for work at Disney again; rejected

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