David Pruiksma

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David Pruiksma is an American animator,[1][2] best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company. He has worked on The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

He attended J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia. After high school, he attended Pratt Institute in New York. He later studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts.

After completing work on 2001's Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Pruiksma quit Disney and went into semi-retirement, although he did serve as an animation director and storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network series Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.


Year Title Credits Characters
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol (Short) Assistant Animator - Uncredited
1985 The Black Cauldron Assistant Animator
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Character Animator
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure Animator
1988 Oliver & Company Character Animator
1989 The Little Mermaid Character Animator
1990 The Rescuers Down Under Character Animator Bernard and Bianca
1991 Beauty and the Beast Supervising Animator Mrs. Potts and Chip Potts
1992 Aladdin Supervising Animator Sultan
1994 The Lion King Animator Pumbaa
1995 Pocahontas Supervising Animator / Additional Story Development Flit and Forest Animals
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Supervising Animator Victor and Hugo
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Supervising Animator Wilhelmina Bertha Packard and Mister Fenton Q. Harcourt
2003 Captain Sturdy: The Originals (TV Short) Additional Animator
2004-2005 One by One (Video short) Animator
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (TV Series) Story / Teleplay / Animation Director - 2 Episodes
2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty (Documentary) Voice Himself
2013 A Little Hitch (Short) Voice Mother


  1. ^ Grant, John (1998-04-29). Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's animated characters. Hyperion Books. pp. 318–. ISBN 978-0-7868-6336-5. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (1997-06-01). Questions for the Movie Answer Man. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-0-8362-2894-6. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 

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