Rasoul Azadani

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Rasoul Azadani
Born 1965 (1965) (age 50)
Isfahan, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Animator
Years active 1985–present
Employer Walt Disney Animation Studios

Rasoul Azadani (Persian: رسول آزادانی‎, pronounced [ɾæsuːl-e ɒːzɒːdɒːniː]; born 1965) is an Iranian animator, lighting designer and layout artist. He is best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.[1] In 1995 he was nominated for an Annie Award in the category "Best Individual Achievement for Production Design in the Field of Animation" for his work on Pocahontas.[2]

Life and career[edit]

"[Rasoul Azadani] has got a strong eye in terms of composition, filmmaking, cutting, staging and contrast... He's empowered."

Tony Bancroft[3]

Azadani was born in 1965 in the city of Isfahan.[1] He entered Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults to study animation, after receiving his High school diploma.[1] Azadani later worked for the Institution as an Animation Instructor, before emigrating to United States and studying at the California Institute of the Arts. Azadani joined Walt Disney Animation Studios to work as a layout assistant in 1985.[1]

The character Razoul from the Disney animated film Aladdin is named after Azadani.[4] In the movie, Jafar originally used the phrase “Rasoul Azadani” to open the Cave of Wonders, but it was later cut.[4]


Year Film Assistant layout artist Layout artist Layout supervisor Animatic supervisor Lighting designer Notes
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Yes
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure Yes
1988 Garfield and Friends Yes 2 episodes
Oliver & Company Yes
1989 The Little Mermaid Yes
1990 The Rescuers Down Under Yes
1991 Beauty and the Beast Yes
1992 Aladdin Yes
1995 Pocahontas Yes
1997 Hercules Yes Yes
1999 Fantasia 2000 Yes Segment "Rhapsody in Blue"
2000 Rhapsody in Blue Yes
The Emperor's New Groove Yes
2002 Treasure Planet Yes
2007 The Simpsons Movie Yes
2009 The Princess and the Frog Yes Yes Yes
Pups of Liberty Visual development artist
2011 Winnie the Pooh Yes
2012 The Longest Daycare Yes
Paperman Yes
2016 Moana Yes


Year Award Work Category Result
1995 Annie Awards Pocahontas Best Individual Achievement for Production Design in the Field of Animation Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d مصاحبه با هنرمندان: رسول آزادانی [Interview with artists: Rasoul Azadani] (in Persian). cgart.ir. July 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "23rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1995)". Annie Awards. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bancroft, Tony (2013). Directing for Animation: Everything You Didn't Learn in Art School. CRC Press. ISBN 1136126538. 
  4. ^ a b Carr, Kevin (August 15, 2014). "38 Things We Learned from the ‘Aladdin’ Commentary". The Film School Rejects. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 

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