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.
|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|
|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|
|2016||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||Animator: animation sequences|
|2016||Cartoons VS Cancer||Himself|
- "Da Boom Crew Rockets into Space," Celebrating Children, www.celebratingchildren.com (April 28, 2005).
- "Disney's The Proud Family Producer, Bruce Smith to present at Animae Caribe 2003," Animae Caribe 2003,
- Bruce W. Smith Biography – Was a Cartoon Fanatic, Formed Jambalaya Studios, Selected works
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