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Kirk Wise is an American film director, animator, screenwriter, and producer, best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Wise has directed Disney animated films, such as Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (alongside Gary Trousdale). He also directed the English-language translation of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.

Career[]

Wise graduated from Palo Alto High School and went on to study character animation at California Institute of the Arts. Early in his career, Wise worked as an animator on Disney's Sport Goofy in Soccermania (1987), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), and The Brave Little Toaster (1987), as well as Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories episode "Family Dog".

Returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation, he began work on The Great Mouse Detective (1986) as an assistant animator, but eventually joined the story department, where he was reunited with former CalArts classmate, Gary Trousdale.

After working as storyboard artists on The Rescuers Down Under and The Prince and the Pauper, Wise and Trousdale were responsible for helming the celebrated Beauty and the Beast (1991), the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Filmography[]

Title Year Role
The Black Cauldron 1985 Assistant animator (uncredited)
The Great Mouse Detective 1986 Assistant animator
Sport Goofy in Soccermania 1987 Animator
The Brave Little Toaster Development animator
Oliver & Company 1988 Story / Animating assistant / Story artist (uncredited)
Cranium Command 1989 Voice of Hypothalamus, opening sequence director
The Little Mermaid Storyboard artist (uncredited)
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 Storyboard artist / Character designer (uncredited)
The Prince and the Pauper Storyboard artist
Beauty and the Beast 1991 Director / Creative consultant (uncredited)
Aladdin 1992 Storyboard artist (uncredited)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey 1993 Executive producer
The Lion King 1994 Additional story material
Pocahontas 1995 Production assistant (uncredited)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 Director
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Director, story
Spirited Away 2002 Director, ADR Director (U.S. production)
Oceans 2009 Executive producer: Disneynature
Waking Sleeping Beauty Himself, caricaturist
Chimpanzee 2012 Creative consultant
Beauty and the Beast 2017
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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
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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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