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Birth Place: Profession: animator, animation director, animation character designer, storyboard artist, animation story writer, artist, art director

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Prolific international animation figure who toiled for 20 years in the field, working in the US, Canada, and Japan, before making his feature directing debut with a bona fide Disney blockbuster, "The Lion King" (1994). Allers has covered the cartoon bases, serving variously as an art director, storyboard artist, character designer, story man, animator, and animation director. He did animation for "Rock & Rule" (1983), a musical feature from the Toronto-based Nelvana Studios, and provided character design, preliminary animation and story development for the lavish Japanese-produced "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (1992). For the latter project, he also spent two years in Tokyo as an animation director overseeing the Japanese artists. Allers started at Disney as a storyboard artist and eventually became head of story on the animated feature "Oliver & Company" (1988). He had a creative hand in each subsequent Disney animated feature--usually as a storyboard artist or head of the story team--up until taking the helm (with co-director Rob Minkoff) on "The Lion King".Allers was first drawn to the field after seeing Disney's "Peter Pan" (1953) at age five. He was moved to send away to Disneyland...

Prolific international animation figure who toiled for 20 years in the field, working in the US, Canada, and Japan, before making his feature directing debut with a bona fide Disney blockbuster, "The Lion King" (1994). Allers has covered the cartoon bases, serving variously as an art director, storyboard artist, character designer, story man, animator, and animation director. He did animation for "Rock & Rule" (1983), a musical feature from the Toronto-based Nelvana Studios, and provided character design, preliminary animation and story development for the lavish Japanese-produced "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (1992). For the latter project, he also spent two years in Tokyo as an animation director overseeing the Japanese artists. Allers started at Disney as a storyboard artist and eventually became head of story on the animated feature "Oliver & Company" (1988). He had a creative hand in each subsequent Disney animated feature--usually as a storyboard artist or head of the story team--up until taking the helm (with co-director Rob Minkoff) on "The Lion King".

Allers was first drawn to the field after seeing Disney's "Peter Pan" (1953) at age five. He was moved to send away to Disneyland for a do-it-yourself animation kit but he gave up on that career goal in high school after Walt Disney died. Allers studied drawing and painting and earned a fine arts degree before spending two years traveling and living in Greece. In these classical surroundings, the young artist devoted himself to drawing, spent some time living in a cave, and met his future bride. They moved to Boston in 1973 where Allers had his love of cartoons rekindled by sitting in an animation class at Harvard. He made a 15-second animated short, assembled a portfolio of his college work, and found work with Lisberger Studios, headed by writer-producer-director Steven Lisberger ("Tron" 1982), animating TV commercials and segments for TV clients including "Sesame Street", "The Electric Company", and "Evening at Pops". Allers moved his family to LA with Lisberger Studios to work on "Animalympics" (1979), his feature debut. He co-created the characters, co-wrote the story, and served as an animator and art director on this pleasant spoof of the Olympics and its attendant media circus. Many other jobs followed before he found a home at the House that Mickey Built.

Allers established himself at Disney as a top story development specialist who was respected for his wisdom and sensitivity. He is credited with "fixing" the story on "Beauty and the Beast" (1991). Allers was well paired with the irrepressible whiz kid animator Minkoff (best known for his work on the two Roger Rabbit shorts) on "The Lion King". Their joint feature directing debut promises to be one of Disney's biggest hits, both commercially and critically.

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  OPEN SEASON (2006) Director
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  Lion King, The (1994) Director

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Raised mainly in Scottsdale, Arizona
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Became interested in animation upon seeing Disney's "Peter Pan" at age 5
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Sent off to Disneyland for a do-it-yourself animation kit
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Discouraged by the death of Walt Disney, gave up his goal of animation while in high school
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After receiving his fine arts degree, spent two years traveling and living in Greece; devoted himself to drawing, spent some time living in a cave, and met his future wife
1973:
Moved to Boston
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Sat in on an animation class at Harvard; renewed his interest in the medium
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Made a 15-second animated film
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Hired by Lisberger Studios
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Assigned to animate for various TV clients including "Sesame Street", "The Electric Company", "Make A Wish"; worked on intros to Boston Pop telecasts; worked on TV commercials
1978:
Moved to L.A. with Lisberger Studios to work on the animated feature, "Animalympics"
1979:
Feature debut as co-creator of characters, co-writer of story, animator and art director on "Animalympics"
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Spent six months as part of the storyboard team working on Lisberger's live-action Disney feature "Tron" (released 1982)
1980:
Relocated to Toronto with his family
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Spent two years working for Nelvana Studios as an animator on the feature "Rock & Rule" (released 1983)
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Returned to L.A.
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Provided character design, preliminary animation and story development for a Japanese-produced feature, "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (released in Japan in 1990; released in US in 1992)
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Went to live in Tokyo for two years as one of the animation directors overseeing the Japanese artists on "Little Nemo"
1985:
Returned to LA again
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Applied for a job as a storyboard artist on Disney's "Oliver & Company"
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Compiled a portfolio of sample character model sheets; hired by Disney
1988:
Eventually rose to become the official head of story on Disney's "Oliver & Company"
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Credited as a storyboard artist on Disney's "The Little Mermaid", "The Prince and the Pauper", and "The Rescuers Down Under"
1991:
Headed the story team for Disney's immensely popular "Beauty and the Beast"; credited as "artistic supervisor-story"
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Worked on the story of Disney's "Aladdin" for six months before leaving to work on "The Lion King"
1991:
Replaced George Scribner as director of "The Lion King" in October
1991:
Took a two-week "cultural safari" to Kenya with a group that included the story supervisor and production designer for "The Lion King"
1994:
Feature film directing debut, as co-director (with Rob Minkoff) on Disney's "The Lion King"
2000:
Co-wrote the animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove"
2006:
Directed the animated short, "The Little Matchgirl"; received an Oscar nominated for Best Animated Short
2006:
Directed the animated feature, "Open Season"
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Education

Arizona State University: Tempe , Arizona -

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wife:
Leslie Allers. Survived him.

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daughter:
Leah Allers. Survived him.
son:
Aidan Allers. Died in 1961.
son:
Aidan Allers. Born c. 1984.

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