Nik Ranieri (born August 23, 1961) is a character animator who is primarily known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has been supervising animator of many characters, and remained so until his layoff in 2013.
After graduating from the Classical Animation Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Ranieri went to work for Atkinson Film-Arts animation production studio (in Ottawa, Ontario).
He began animating for Disney in 1987 on the London, England-based animation crew of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, working with director Richard Williams. Soon after that he moved to Disney's feature animation studio in Glendale, CA where he animated on The Little Mermaid (working primarily on the character of Ursula the sea witch, under directing animator Ruben Aquino). On his next film, Ranieri was promoted to supervising animator on the character of Wilbur in The Rescuers Down Under.
While Ranieri is regarded as one of the modern-day masters of hand-drawn character animation (especially excelling in subtle dialogue scenes and facial expressions) he also successfully made the switch to animating in CG on films such as Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and Bolt. Ranieri returned to his roots in classic hand-drawn animation for the 2009 Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog.
On April 6, 2013, The Walt Disney Company announced that Ranieri, along with eight other animators working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, had been laid off in an effort for the company as a whole to cut costs.
He currently works at Reload Studios where he worked on the video game World War Toons.
|1980||The All-Night Show (TV Series)||Animator|
|1985||The Body Electric (TV Movie)||Animator|
|1985 - 1986||The Raccoons (TV Series)||Animator - 7 Episodes|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Animator||Roger Rabbit|
|1989||Cranium Command (Short)||Animator|
|The Little Mermaid||Character Animator||Ursula|
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||Supervising Animator||Wilbur|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Supervising Animator||Lumiere|
|1994||Chariots of Fur (Short)||Animator|
|1995||Pocahontas||Supervising Animator / Additional Story Development||Meeko|
|2000||Fantasia 2000||Character Designer - Segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102"|
|The Emperor's New Groove||Supervising Animator||Kuzco and Kuzco Llama|
|2002||Treasure Planet||Animator||Doctor Delbert Doppler|
|2005||Chicken Little||Supervising Animator||Buck "Ace" Cluck|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||Supervising Animator||Lewis|
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||Supervising Animator||Charlotte "Lottie" La Bouff|
|2011||Winnie the Pooh||Additional Animator|
|2014||The Prophet||Hand-Drawn Animation Supervisor|
|2016||World War Toons (Video Game)||Animation Director|
- Best Individual Achievement: Character Animation for 'Hades' in Hercules
- Best Individual Achievement for Animation for 'Meeko' in Pocahontas
National Cartoonist Society
- 'NCS Division Award' in Feature Animation (for Hades)
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