Roger Allers

Animation director, Animator, Animation story writer
Prolific international animation figure who toiled for 20 years in the field, working in the US, Canada, and Japan, before making his feature directing debut with a bona fide Disney blockbuster, "The Lion King" (1994) ... Read more »

Filmography

Writer (8)

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet 2015 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Khalil Gibran's The Prophet 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lion King 1 1/2 2003 (Movie)

Additional Screenplay Material by (Screenplay)

The Emperor's New Groove 2000 (Movie)

from original story (From Story)

Aladdin 1992 (Movie)

(Story By)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

(From Story)

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)
Art Department (7)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Caricature Artist (Storyboard Artist)

Peter Pan: Return to Neverland 2002 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

artist(arti) (Art Department)

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)

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Director (6)

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Khalil Gibran's The Prophet 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films 2007 (Movie)

("The Little Matchgirl") (Director)

The Little Matchgirl 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Actor

Biography

Prolific international animation figure who toiled for 20 years in the field, working in the US, Canada, and Japan, before making his feature directing debut with a bona fide Disney blockbuster, "The Lion King" (1994). Allers has covered the cartoon bases, serving variously as an art director, storyboard artist, character designer, story man, animator, and animation director. He did animation for "Rock & Rule" (1983), a musical feature from the Toronto-based Nelvana Studios, and provided character design, preliminary animation and story development for the lavish Japanese-produced "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (1992). For the latter project, he also spent two years in Tokyo as an animation director overseeing the Japanese artists. Allers started at Disney as a storyboard artist and eventually became head of story on the animated feature "Oliver & Company" (1988). He had a creative hand in each subsequent Disney animated feature--usually as a storyboard artist or head of the story team--up until taking the helm (with co-director Rob Minkoff) on "The Lion King."

Relationships

Leslie Allers

Wife

Leah Allers

Daughter

Aidan Allers

Son
born c. 1984

EDUCATION

Arizona State University

Tempe , Arizona
studied drawing and painting

Milestones

2006

Directed the animated feature, "Open Season"

2006

Directed the animated short, "The Little Matchgirl"; received an Oscar nominated for Best Animated Short

2000

Co-wrote the animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove"

1994

Feature film directing debut, as co-director (with Rob Minkoff) on Disney's "The Lion King"

1991

Headed the story team for Disney's immensely popular "Beauty and the Beast"; credited as "artistic supervisor-story"

1991

Took a two-week "cultural safari" to Kenya with a group that included the story supervisor and production designer for "The Lion King"

1991

Replaced George Scribner as director of "The Lion King" in October

1988

Eventually rose to become the official head of story on Disney's "Oliver & Company"

1985

Returned to LA again

1980

Relocated to Toronto with his family

1979

Feature debut as co-creator of characters, co-writer of story, animator and art director on "Animalympics"

1978

Moved to L.A. with Lisberger Studios to work on the animated feature, "Animalympics"

1973

Moved to Boston

Sent off to Disneyland for a do-it-yourself animation kit

Raised mainly in Scottsdale, Arizona

Became interested in animation upon seeing Disney's "Peter Pan" at age 5

Went to live in Tokyo for two years as one of the animation directors overseeing the Japanese artists on "Little Nemo"

Credited as a storyboard artist on Disney's "The Little Mermaid", "The Prince and the Pauper", and "The Rescuers Down Under"

Hired by Lisberger Studios

Spent two years working for Nelvana Studios as an animator on the feature "Rock & Rule" (released 1983)

Made a 15-second animated film

Assigned to animate for various TV clients including "Sesame Street", "The Electric Company", "Make A Wish"; worked on intros to Boston Pop telecasts; worked on TV commercials

Applied for a job as a storyboard artist on Disney's "Oliver & Company"

Sat in on an animation class at Harvard; renewed his interest in the medium

Discouraged by the death of Walt Disney, gave up his goal of animation while in high school

Spent six months as part of the storyboard team working on Lisberger's live-action Disney feature "Tron" (released 1982)

Compiled a portfolio of sample character model sheets; hired by Disney

Returned to L.A.

Provided character design, preliminary animation and story development for a Japanese-produced feature, "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (released in Japan in 1990; released in US in 1992)

After receiving his fine arts degree, spent two years traveling and living in Greece; devoted himself to drawing, spent some time living in a cave, and met his future wife

Worked on the story of Disney's "Aladdin" for six months before leaving to work on "The Lion King"

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