Animator Tad Stones began his career by studying with the animation pro Eric Larson, and he entered the Feature Animation program at Walt Disney studios right out of college. During his apprenticeship, Stones animated a scene in the Disney movie "The Rescuers", and he also worked in the story department on the touching Disney feature "The Fox and the Hound". After that, he worked for a bit on Epcot's Transportation pavilion for Disney World, but in 1984, he returned to animation and was a driving force behind many of the Walt Disney daytime animated shows of the late 1980s and early 1990s, most notably "Darkwing Duck", a spin-off from two episodes of "Ducktales". Stones worked as a writer on that show and also as a supervising producer, and performed similar work for the series "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers". He has also been an executive producer and writer on the "Toy Story" spinoff series, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command", and the animated spinoffs of the "Hellboy" franchise, "Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms" and "Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron".