Bruce W. Smith

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Bruce Wayne Smith (born in Los Angeles, California) is an American character animator, film director, and television producer, best known as the creator of Disney Channel's The Proud Family, and as the supervising animator of Kerchak in Tarzan, Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove, Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog, and Piglet, Kanga, and Roo in Winnie the Pooh.

Smith studied animation in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He joined the Walt Disney Studios an animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and various other Roger Rabbit shorts that the studio produced. Soon after, Smith was handpicked by producer/director Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) to direct the Paramount Pictures animated film BeBe’s Kids.

Smith also served as co-director on the Warner Bros. live action/animated film Space Jam before returning to Disney as supervising animator on such films as Tarzan (Kerchak and Baboons) and Emperors New Groove (Pacha).

While working animation on the feature film side, Smith started feeding into his love of television animation and created The Proud Family for the Disney Channel. He co-founded Jambalaya Studio for the production of the series and crafted over 50 episodes of the hit series along with The Proud Family TV movie. Smith then rejoined the Walt Disney Studios to supervise animation on The Princess and the Frog (Dr. Facilier) and the Winnie the Pooh Movie (Piglet, Kanga and Roo) and as the lead animator on the short Tangled Ever After. Smith's knack for unique character design led him into the visual development of other projects at the studio such as Wreck-it-Ralph and Frozen.

Smith grew up in Los Angeles, California.



Year Title Notes
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Animator
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Additional Animation
1991 Rover Dangerfield Storyboard Artist/Character Designer/Character Animator/Sequence Director
1992 Rock-A-Doodle Character Animator
Bébé's Kids Director/Principal Character Designer
1993 Happily Ever After Animator
1994 The Pagemaster Supervising Animator
1995 A Goofy Movie Character Designer
1996 Space Jam Animation Director
1997 Cats Don't Dance Character Designer/Supervising Animator: "Sawyer", "Max"
1999 Tarzan Supervising Animator: "Kerchak", "Baboons", "Baby Baboons"
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Supervising Animator: "Pacha"
2004 Home on the Range Supervising Animator: "Pearl"
2005 The Proud Family Movie Director/Executive Producer
2009 The Princess and the Frog Supervising Animator: "Dr. Facilier"
2011 Winnie the Pooh Supervising Animator: "Kanga", "Roo", "Piglet"
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Additional Visual Development
2013 Frozen
2016 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Animator: animation sequences
TBA Hullabaloo Animator


Year Title Notes
2016 Cartoons VS Cancer Himself


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