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Donald Paul "Don" Hahn is an American producer and director for Walt Disney Animation Studios (formerly Walt Disney Productions and Walt Disney Feature Animation).

Hahn was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from North Hollywood High School (where he was a drum major) in 1973, went on to study music at Los Angeles Valley College, and majored in Music and minored in fine art at California State University Northridge.

After starting his career at the Walt Disney Studio working in the animation archives known as the "morgue", one day, Hahn jokingly referred to the department with a more dignified title of the "Animation Research Library", a title that stuck as the department evolved and continues to this day. He worked as an assistant director for Wolfgang Reitherman during The Fox and the Hound before working his way up as production manager for The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective then an associate producer of Disney/Amblin's Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He would go on to produce films during the Disney Renaissance, such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Later, Hahn became Executive Producer for the landmark nature film "Earth", the premiere film project from the Disneynature film label. In 2010, he once again served as Executive Producer on "Oceans" the epic documentary on the seas, and 2011's "African Cats" from Disneynature.

His efforts at Disney rewarded him with a Disney Legend award in 2022.

Feature Film Filmography[]

Year Film Position Subsidiary
1977 Pete's Dragon Assistant animator (uncredited) Walt Disney Pictures
1981 The Fox and the Hound Assistant director Walt Disney Animation Studios
1985 The Black Cauldron Production manager
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Production manager (uncredited)
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Associate producer Touchstone Pictures
1991 Beauty and the Beast Producer Walt Disney Animation Studios
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas Producer: 3D version Touchstone Pictures
1994 The Lion King Producer Walt Disney Animation Studios
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1997 Flubber Executive producer (uncredited) Walt Disney Pictures
1999 Fantasia 2000 Director, writer - host sequences Walt Disney Animation Studios
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Executive producer
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Producer
2003 The Haunted Mansion Walt Disney Pictures
2007 Earth Executive producer Disneynature
2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty Director, producer, voice actor: Narrator Walt Disney Pictures
2010 Oceans Executive producer Disneynature
2011 African Cats
2012 Chimpanzee
2012 Frankenweenie Walt Disney Pictures
2014 Maleficent
2017 Beauty and the Beast

Animated Shorts Filmography[]

Year Film Position Company
1978 The Small One Production assistant (uncredited) Walt Disney Animation Studios
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Production assistant
1989 Tummy Trouble Producer Walt Disney Pictures
2004 Lorenzo Executive producer Walt Disney Animation Studios
One by One Producer
2006 The Little Matchgirl
2011 Small Fry Consultant (uncredited) Pixar

Trivia[]

  • Hahn is the first producer of an animated film to be involved in its remake, having produced the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast and executive-produced its 2017 remake.

Gallery[]


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Walt Disney Animation Studios - Transparent Logo
1920s—1970s
Disney's Nine Old Men: Milt KahlFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonLes ClarkJohn LounsberyMarc DavisWard KimballEric LarsonWolfgang Reitherman

Animators: Bill TytlaArt BabbittLee BlairPreston BlairFred MooreShamus CulhaneCy YoungDon LuskNorman FergusonHal KingJack HannahDick KinneyHal AmbroKen O'BrienJudge WhitakerBill JusticeDon BluthGary GoldmanCharles A. NicholsBlaine GibsonJohn EwingWalt StanchfieldRolly CrumpFred HellmichAmby PaliwodaWilfred JacksonXavier AtencioBen SharpsteenEarl HurdDale OliverEric CleworthDavid HandFred SpencerJulius SvendsenJack BradburyKenneth MuseRudolf IsingHugh HarmanFriz FrelengWalt KellyLeo SalkinJohn DehnerRetta ScottDavid SwiftMel ShawJack CuttingGrant SimmonsArt StevensFrank TashlinWathel RogersTyrus WongJohnny CannonBernard WolfJohn W. Dunn
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary BlairMarjorie RalstonLillian BoundsJoe GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn HenchEyvind EarleKen O'ConnorThor PutnamAlbert HurterJohn HubleyHerbert RymanDon GriffithBasil DavidovichJack BoydPeter EllenshawRuthie TompsonEarl DuvallRetta DavidsonUb IwerksVance GerryHazel SewellJames BodreroLance NolleyGrace BaileyMaurice NobleDale BarnhartAndy EngmanEustace LycettJohn EmersonJoe HaleLeota ToombsFerdinand Horvath
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Bill PeetRalph WrightDick HuemerFloyd NormanYale GraceyTed SearsErdman PennerJoe RinaldiWinston HiblerOtto EnglanderWilliam CottrellBill BergAl BertinoT. HeeHomer BrightmanTed OsbourneLarry ClemmonsHarry ReevesJesse MarshChuck CouchWebb SmithDick Sebast
Directors: Clyde GeronimiHamilton LuskeJack KinneyTed BermanRichard RichGeorge ScribnerRiley ThomsonDick LundyJack KingBurt GillettJames AlgarBill RobertsLarry LansburghRichard Irvine
Producers: Walt DisneyRon MillerKen AndersonDon DuckwallPerce PearceMargaret J. Winkler

1980s—present
Renaissance Directors: Rob MinkoffRoger AllersGary TrousdaleKirk WiseChris SandersMark DindalJohn Musker

Story Trust Directors: Ron ClementsChris BuckByron HowardDon HallChris WilliamsRich MooreStephen J. AndersonNathan GrenoFawn Veerasunthorn
Producers: Peter Del VechoClark SpencerRoy ConliDorothy McKimDon HahnShane Morris
Chief Creative Officer: Jennifer Lee
Associated Figures: Bob IgerRoy Edward DisneyMichael EisnerJohn LasseterEd CatmullJeffrey KatzenbergBob Chapek
Signature Voice Actors: Jim CummingsAlan TudykKatie LowesJohn DiMaggioMaurice LaMarcheJodi BensonDavid Ogden StiersJesse CortiPaul BriggsRaymond S. PersiPhil JohnstonFrank WelkerBill FarmerBrian Cummings
Signature Musicians: Robert B. Sherman Richard M. Sherman Alan Menken Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert LopezLin-Manuel MirandaHoward AshmanTim RicePhil CollinsStephen SchwartzMarc ShaimanDanny Troob
Supervising Animators: Glen KeaneAndreas DejaEric GoldbergMark HennJohn PomeroyRandy HaycockDale BaerTony BancroftTom BancroftTony FucileAnthony DeRosaRuss EdmondsRandy HaycockBruce W. SmithDuncan MarjoribanksRuben AquinoNik RanieriRon HusbandRick FarmiloeTom SitoTony AnselmoWill FinnKathy Zielinski
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Dean DeBloisClaire KeaneBrittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimRyan Green

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