Donovan R. Cook III is an American film director and animator, best known for creating, directing and producing the animated series 2 Stupid Dogs and directing the Disney animated features Return to Never Land and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
Donovan Cook was born in Antioch, California in 1968. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990 and has worked as an animator on several different Disney animated movies, such as The Little Mermaid and the Mickey Mouse adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper.
In 1992, he created the Emmy-nominated TV series 2 Stupid Dogs for Hanna-Barbera, which was significant in bringing back the extremely graphic style Hanna-Barbera cartoons had in the 1950s and 60s. The style he revived in 2 Stupid Dogs has been emulated and copied numerous times since. He gained the idea from two stray dogs roaming in his apartment and tried to sell it when Hanna-Barbera bought it. Secret Squirrel was one of his favorite HB cartoons which he watched in the 70s, which influenced him to revive the series as Super Secret Secret Squirrel, since he was ordered by then-president Fred Seibert to revive a classic cartoon owned by Hanna-Barbera.
Cook then returned to Disney in 1997, where he developed and produced the series Nightmare Ned. In 1998, he returned to feature animation when he co-directed Return to Never Land for Disney. In 2001, he took on the challenge of directing the first feature-length film of Mickey Mouse series characters: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The film, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, premiered worldwide on DVD in 2004. He also served as a director for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Cook was originally scheduled to co-direct the film Space Chimps, but he would be subsequently scrapped from the project.
His latest project was the indie film Rideshare: The Movie, the first film ever to be shot on the iPhone 4. It was released on April 12, 2011 on the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, being subsequently shown on the Honolulu Film Awards. It has won positive reviews.
- Donovan Cook on Facebook
- Donovan Cook at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website of Cook's indie film Rideshare: The Movie
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