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Also Known As: Gary A Trousdale Died:
Born: June 8, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: La Crescenta, California, USA Profession: director, animator, storyboard artist, storyman, commercial artist, cartoonist, effects assistant

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An animation veteran while still relatively young, Trousdale took a slightly less direct route to glory in the Disney animation department than some of his contemporaries. Nonetheless, he would go on to co-direct "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), a landmark in the history of the medium. A product of the innovative character animation program at the Disney-sponsored California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Trousdale found full-time work as an animator while in his third year. However, unlike such fellow alumni as John Lasseter ("Toy Story") and Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach"), he did not go directly to Disney. Instead, Trousdale spent a year at Carter/Mendez Productions where he animated, designed and storyboarded various TV projects including "Stanley, The Ugly Duckling" (ABC, 1982), a presentation of the "ABC Weekend Specials". Trousdale next worked for Grand American Fare, doing illustrations and paste-ups for restaurant menus, special event flyers and tee shirts. Trousdale's fortunes began to change when he was hired by Disney.

An animation veteran while still relatively young, Trousdale took a slightly less direct route to glory in the Disney animation department than some of his contemporaries. Nonetheless, he would go on to co-direct "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), a landmark in the history of the medium. A product of the innovative character animation program at the Disney-sponsored California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Trousdale found full-time work as an animator while in his third year. However, unlike such fellow alumni as John Lasseter ("Toy Story") and Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach"), he did not go directly to Disney. Instead, Trousdale spent a year at Carter/Mendez Productions where he animated, designed and storyboarded various TV projects including "Stanley, The Ugly Duckling" (ABC, 1982), a presentation of the "ABC Weekend Specials". Trousdale next worked for Grand American Fare, doing illustrations and paste-ups for restaurant menus, special event flyers and tee shirts. Trousdale's fortunes began to change when he was hired by Disney.

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  Beauty And The Beast (1991) Director

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 Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1996) Voice Of The Old Heretic
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Was creating his own cartoon "flip books" by fourth grade
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Considered becoming an architect during junior high school
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Met a representative from CalArts during his sophomore year of high school
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Assembled a portfolio of his drawings and paintings; accepted by CalArts after high school
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Left CalArts after attending for three years
1982:
Hired by Carter/Mendez Productions; worked for one year animating, designing and storyboarding various TV projects
1982:
First TV credit, animator on "Stanley, The Ugly Duckling", a presentation of the "ABC Weekend Specials"
1983:
Worked for Grand American Fare, doing illustrations and paste-ups for restaurant menus, special event flyers and T-shirts
1984:
Hired by Disney in May
1985:
First Disney credits, effects assistant (or "in-between effects artist") on the animated feature "The Black Cauldron" and worked as an ("assistant and clean-up") effects animator on the live-action teen film "My Science Project"
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Gained attention at the Disney Studio with a series of "bad attitude" gag cartoons
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Transferred to the story development team for the feature animation division of Disney
1989:
Credited as a storyboard artist for the breakthrough Disney animated feature "The Little Mermaid"
1989:
First directing collaboration with Kirk Wise on "Cranium Command", the four-minute animated pre-show for the "Wonders of Life" exhibit at Disney's Epcot Center
1991:
Feature directing debut (with Wise) on the acclaimed Disney animated feature "Beauty and the Beast"
1992:
Credited for pre-production story development (Computer Generated Imagery) for the popular Disney animated feature "Aladdin"
1993:
Was collaborating with Wise in preproduction on "A Song of the Sea", a proposed Disney animated feature about humpbacked whales, when the opportunity came to switch projects; began preproduction on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (date approximate)
1994:
Worked as a storyboarder on the blockbuster Disney animated feature "The Lion King"
1996:
Reteamed with directing partner Wise for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", Disney's 34th full-length animated feature
1996:
Entered a long-term exclusive commitment to Walt Disney Feature Animation, reteaming him with Wise on several more projects
2001:
With Wise, co-directed the animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"
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Education

California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California -

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wife:
Jill Trousdale. Layout and story sketch artist.

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son:
Nathan Arthur Trousdale. Born on January 1, 1988.
son:
Calvin Lawrence Trousdale. Born on December 20, 1993.

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