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Ellen Woodbury is an American stone sculptor, former Disney directing animator and character animator who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Woodbury grew up in Corning, New York, and she earned a BFA in Film and Art from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She attended the Experimental Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts under the mentorship of Jules Engel.
Animator at Disney
Woodbury worked for over 20 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation where she worked as an animator on films like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, where she supervised the creation of the hornbill Zazu. She was Disney's first female directing animator.
She moved to Loveland, Colorado, in 2005 to become a full-time sculptor. She taught Character Animation at the Art Institute of Colorado from 2010 to 2014, and ran a character animation workshop along with her class each week. In 2019, the National Sculpture Society presented Woodbury with the 2019 Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant.
|1983||The Christmas Tree Train (TV Movie short)||Assistant Animator|
|1985||He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword||Animator|
|He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (TV Series)||Animator - 32 Episodes|
|She-Ra: Princess of Power (TV Series)||Animator - 65 Episodes|
|He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special (TV Movie short)||Animator|
|1986||The Great Mouse Detective||Assistant Animator|
|1987||Sport Goofy in Soccermania (TV short)||Additional Animator|
|1988||Oliver & Company||Animating Assistant|
|1989||The Little Mermaid||Character Animator|
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||Character Animator|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Animator||Maurice|
|1994||The Lion King||Supervising Animator||Zazu|
|1996||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Additional Animator|
|2000||Fantasia 2000||Animator - Segment "Rhapsody in Blue"|
|2002||Treasure Planet||Supervising Animator||Captain Long John Silver's Pirate Crew|
|2004||Home on the Range||Animator||Mrs. Caloway|
|2005||The Zit (Short)||Animator|
|2006||Independent Lens (TV Series documentary)||Animator - 1 Episode|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||Animator|||
- "Ellen Woodbury - Colorado Stone Sculptor". Raitman Art Galleries. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
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- Beiman, Nancy; Johnston, Lynn (2010-09-15). Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life. AVA Publishing. p. 100. ISBN 9782940373819. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
- Ellen Woodbury at IMDb
- Ellen Woodbury's website
- Creative Talent: Ellen Woodbury
- A Conversation with Ellen Woodbury-And a Closer Look at Zazu