Kirk Wise

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Kirk Wise
Born (1963-08-24) August 24, 1963 (age 51)
San Francisco, California
Occupation Film director, animator, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1986–present

Kirk Wise (born August 24, 1963) is an American film director, animator and screenwriter best known for his work at Disney. Wise has directed such Disney movies as Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also directed the English language translation of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.


Wise graduated from Palo Alto High School and went on to study character animation at California Institute of the Arts. Early in his career, Wise worked as an animator on Disney's Sport Goofy in Soccermania, The Great Mouse Detective and The Brave Little Toaster, as well as Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories episode "Family Dog". Returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation, he began work on Oliver & Company as an assistant animator, but eventually joined the story department, where he was reunited with former CalArts classmate Gary Trousdale. After working as storyboard artists on The Rescuers Down Under and The Prince and the Pauper, Wise and Trousdale were responsible for helming the celebrated Beauty and the Beast (1991), the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.


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