Barry Cook

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Barry Cook
Born 1958/1959 (age 55–56)
Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation Film director, animator
Known for Mulan
Arthur Christmas
Walking with Dinosaurs

Barry Cook (born 1958/1959) is an American film director who has worked in the animated film industry since the 1980s. Cook and Tony Bancroft directed Mulan (1998) and won the 1998 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.[1] Cook was also the co-director for Arthur Christmas (2011), directed by Sarah Smith. Cook also directed Walking with Dinosaurs (2013) with Neil Nightingale.

Cook was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1958/1959. He made his first film when he was ten years old.[2] Cook interned as an assistant animator at the animation studio Hanna-Barbera, where he contributed to the pilot episode of the 1981 TV series The Smurfs.[3] In 1981, Disney hired Cook as an effects animator for Tron (1982). Cook subsequently animated or supervised effects for various films including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Aladdin (1992).[2] He became the supervisor for the special-effects animation department at Disney. In 1992, he directed the animated short film Off His Rockers, which was about a child and his rocking horse. Peter Schneider, then president of feature animation, saw potential in Cook's film and supported its production. Off His Rockers drew the attention of director Randal Kleiser, who requested for the short to open his feature film Honey, I Blew Up the Kid in 1992.[4] In 1993, Cook directed another animated short, Trail Mix-Up, which featured the cartoon character Roger Rabbit.[5] His directing experience with Off His Rockers and Trail Mix-Up led him to the opportunity to direct Mulan with Bancroft.[6]



  1. ^ "Annie Awards :: 26th Annie Awards". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Heater, Heidi (January 23, 2008). "'Mulan' director to speak at Asbury". (Asbury University). Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Zahed, Ramin (15 December 2013). "Pachyrhinos’ Stirring Saga". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Hinman, Catherine (July 15, 1992). "How The Disney Film Short 'Off His Rockers' Made It To The Big Screen: A Little Project That 'Blew Up'". The Orlando Sentinel. 
  5. ^ Boyar, Jay (March 19, 1993). "'Aladdin' Deserves Best Picture Anyway". The Orlando Sentinel. 
  6. ^ Abbott, Jim (June 17, 1998). "The Making Of 'Mulan'". The Orlando Sentinel. 

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