Eric Goldberg (animator)
Goldberg at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
May 1, 1955 |
Life and career
Goldberg was raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey as a child, where he attended Cherry Hill High School East. Goldberg later studied at Pratt Institute, where he majored in illustration. He first entered the industry in the mid-1970s working on Raggedy Ann and Andy for the Richard Williams studio, eventually moving to Williams' London studio and rising through the ranks from assistant to director. During the 1980s, Goldberg started his own London-based studio, Pizazz Pictures, to produce television commercials.
Later, Goldberg closed his studio to work at Disney Animation Studios, Burbank, California, to work on the film Aladdin, for which he became the lead animator on the character Genie, and later the lead animator on Phil in Hercules (1997). Goldberg also was the co-director of Disney's 1995 feature Pocahontas. During his time as the lead animator for the Genie, he also provided the majority of the original animation for MC Skat Kat's "Big Time" music video, which was finished in 1992 but left unaired.
In 1997, Goldberg began plans to produce an animated short set to the music of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. His film eventually became part of Disney's Fantasia 2000 after Goldberg was allowed to use the Disney staff to complete the film during a production hiatus on The Emperor's New Groove. He also served as director for Fantasia 2000's "The Carnival of the Animals" segment. Goldberg's wife Susan served as art director on both segments.
Goldberg not only served as the director of animation for Warner Bros.' 2003 live-action/animation hybrid feature Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he also provided the voices of Marvin the Martian, Tweety, Michigan J. Frog, and Speedy Gonzales. Although Back in Action wasn't commercially successful at the box office, it was met with relatively positive reviews from film critics, and Goldberg was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production for his animation direction. He animated the title sequence of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 2006 remake of The Pink Panther, with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz and Friends.
Recently, Goldberg returned to Disney, where he directed four minutes of animation for the Epcot attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros and contributed to the 2007 animated short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, which starred Goofy. Most recently, he was the supervising animator for Louis in The Princess and the Frog (2009), Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Maui's tattoos in Moana (2016).
|Year||Film||Director||Animator||Actor||Voice role||Animation role||Notes|
|1977||Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure||Yes||Assistant animator|
|1982||Ziggy's Gift||Yes (art director)||Yes|
|1985||Rupert and the Frog Song||Yes|
|1992||Aladdin||Yes||Genie||Character designer/supervising animator|
|1993||The Thief and the Cobbler||Yes||Uncredited|
|1993||Mrs. Doubtfire||Yes||Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) voice acting sequence animator (as Claude Raynes), along with Chuck Jones|
|1994||Chariots of Fur||Yes||As Claude Raynes|
|1996||Superior Duck||Yes||Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Porky Pig||As Claude Raynes|
|1997||Pullet Surprise||Yes||Additional animator as Claude Raynes|
|1997||From Hare to Eternity||Yes||As Claude Raynes|
|1999||Fantasia 2000||Yes||Rhapsody in Blue|
|Yes||Yes||Yes||The Carnival of the Animals, Finale, Host|
|2000||The Emperor's New Groove||Yes|
|2001||The Magic Lamp 3D||Yes|
|2003||Looney Tunes: Back in Action||Yes (animation director)||Yes||Yes||Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Michigan J. Frog|
|Boys Night Out||Yes||Additional animation|
|2004||Green Screen Show||Yes|
|2005||Son of the Mask||Yes|
|Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry||Yes||Character layout|
|2006||Pink Panther||Yes||Title sequence|
|A Monkey's Tale||Yes|
|Tom and Jerry Tales||Yes||TV series
|The Fox and the Hound 2||Yes||Direct-to-video|
|2007||The Chestnut Tree||Special thanks|
|How to Hook Up Your Home Theater||Yes||Short film|
|2008||Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection||Yes||Audio commentaries on The Cat Concerto, The Dot and the Line and Blitz Wolf|
|2009||Pups of Liberty||Yes||Yes||Governor||Lead animator|
|The Princess and the Frog||Yes (animation supervisor: Tiana's fantasy sequence)||Yes||Louis the Alligator and miscellaneous characters||Character designer/supervising animator/Annie Award for Best Character Animation in a Feature Production|
|2010||The 82nd Annual Academy Awards||Yes||Louis the Alligator||Archive footage|
|Iron Man 2||Yes||A.I.M Soldiers (voice)||Video game|
|2011||Winnie the Pooh||Yes||Rabbit||Supervising animator|
|Tom and Jerry: Golden Collection, Volume One||Yes (archival recording on disc two)||Audio Commentary on The Cat Concerto|
|2012||Paperman||Yes||Final line animator/Academy Award winning short|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Yes||Additional visual development|
|2013||Get a Horse!||Yes||Head of animation/short film|
|2016||The Simpsons||Yes||Yes||couch gag for Fland Canyon|
|Moana||Yes (hand-drawn animation supervisor)||Maui (tattoos)|
- Buhle, Paul. Jews and American Popular Culture: Movies, radio, and television, p. 104. Praeger Publishers, 2007. ISBN 0-275-98794-9. Accessed August 25, 2011.
- Gaul, Lou. "FILM CLIPS Animator Eric Goldberg: This 'Pooh' is an uplifting work", Burlington County Times, July 12, 2011. Accessed August 25, 2011. "According to Goldberg, who was born in Levittown, Bucks County, and in 1961 moved to Cherry Hill, much of the visual beauty in “Winnie the Pooh” results from employing an artistic old-school process."
- Staff. "Cherry Hill native puts toon in 'Looney Tunes'", Courier-Post, November 14, 2003. Accessed August 25, 2011. "When Eric Goldberg was a student at Cherry Hill High School East in the early 1970s, he used to decorate classmates' notebooks with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck."
- Eric Goldberg - Voice Chasers VoiceChasers.com Retrieved May 31, 2012
- Eric Goldberg at the Internet Movie Database
- Eric Goldberg's first visit to CalArts' Character Animation Program (Fall '05)
- Eric Goldberg's second visit to CalArts' Character Animation Program (Spring '06)
- Animated News' Interview with Goldberg (2005)
- From Script to DVD interview
- Eric Goldberg on Voice Chasers