Mark Henn

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Mark Henn
Mark Alan Henn

(1958-04-06) April 6, 1958 (age 64)
Years active1978-present
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1978-present)
AwardsWinsor McCay Award, 2013

Mark Alan Henn (born April 6, 1958) is a Disney supervising animator, whose contributions to animation have included several Disney leading or title characters, most notably heroines. His work includes Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Young Simba in The Lion King and the title character in Mulan. He has also been animator of such films as 2007's Enchanted and the Goofy short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. Additionally he directed the award-winning short film John Henry. Recently, he was the supervising animator of Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog.

Early life[edit]

Henn grew up in Ohio. In 1978, Henn was accepted into the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts,[1] where he studied under Disney animators such as Jack Hannah and T. Hee.[1] Fellow students included Joe Ranft, Mark Dindal and John Lasseter.[1]


Henn joined the Disney studio in 1980 and began work as an inbetweener for Glen Keane on The Fox and the Hound. According to Henn, Keane was finishing the climactic bear fight scene and Henn worked with him on that.[1] Henn has also worked on other animated features such as Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Great Mouse Detective and The Little Mermaid.

Henn has also animated Mickey Mouse on Nighttime Spectaculars in DisneyParks and Resorts, including Celebrate The Magic in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney in Disney's California Adventure Park, Ignite the Dream, A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light in Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Illuminations in Disneyland Paris, Disney Gifts Of Christmas and Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disneyland, and "We Love Mickey" Main Street Projection Show in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Awards and honors[edit]

Henn has been nominated for an Annie award four times: three times for Character Animation for The Lion King, Mulan, and Winnie the Pooh, and once for Short Animated Film Direction for John Henry. In 2017, Henn was the recipient of the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation.[2][3]


Year Title Credits Characters
1981 The Fox and the Hound (film) Animator (Uncredited) Vixey and The Bear
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol (Short) Animator Mickey Mouse
1985 The Black Cauldron Animator
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Supervising Animator Basil and Doctor David Q. Dawson
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Animator Kirby and Plugsy
1988 Oliver & Company Supervising Animator Oliver and Dodger
1989 The Little Mermaid Directing Animator / Supervising Animator, Florida Ariel
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit (Short) Animator
The Prince and the Pauper (Short) Character Animator
The Rescuers Down Under Supervising Animator Bernard and Bianca
1991 Beauty and the Beast Supervising Animator, Florida Belle
1992 Aladdin Supervising Animator Jasmine
1993 Trail Mix-Up (Short) Character Animator
Full House: "The House Meets the Mouse" (Part 1) (TV episode) Voice Animator
1994 The Lion King Supervising Animator Young Simba
1995 Pocahontas Animator Pocahontas
1996 Quack Pack (TV Series) Supervising Animator - 1 Episode
1998 Mulan Supervising Animator Fa Mulan and Fa Zhou
2000 John Henry (Short) Director
The Emperor's New Groove Additional Animator
2002 American Legends Director - Segment "John Henry"
Lilo & Stitch Lead Animator Hula Dancers
2004 Home on the Range Supervising Animator Grace, Wesley, Rusty and Pearl Gesner
2006 Bambi II (Video) Supervising Animator Ronno
2007 Meet the Robinsons Animator
Enchanted Animator
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (Short) Animator
2009 Pups of Liberty (Short) Supervising Animator
The Princess and the Frog Supervising Animator Tiana
2011 The Ballad of Nessie (Short) Supervising Animator
Winnie the Pooh Supervising Animator Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin[4]
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Additional Visual Development
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Animator: Walt Disney Animation Studios Tinker Bell
Get a Horse! (Short) Animator
Frozen Lead 2D Animator
Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (TV Movie) Special Thanks
2014 Big Hero 6 Lead 2D Animator
2015 Pups of Liberty: The Dog-claration of Independence (Short) Supervising Animator
2016 Zootopia Animator Judy Hopps and Bellwether
Disney Art Academy (Video Game) Special Thanks
Moana Animator
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet 2D Animation Supervisor/Animator: Mickey Mouse and Humprey Bear
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Supervising Animator Uncredited
Binge Watching (Short) Supervising Animator Goofy
2022 Mickey in a Minute[5] Animator Mickey Mouse


  1. ^ a b c d Noyer, Jeremie (December 18, 2009). "The Princess And The Frog's Supervising Animator Mark Henn – Part 1: It All Started With A…Mermaid!". Animated Views. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Disney pics populate Annie noms". 3 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Annie Award Nominations 2012". 3 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Hoepfner, Fran (March 19, 2022). "'Mickey: The Story of a Mouse' Film Review: Disney Doc Explores Character, Icon, Ubiquitous Mascot". TheWrap. Retrieved March 20, 2022.

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