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.
|The Great Mouse Detective||1986||Assistant animator|
|Sport Goofy in Soccermania||1987||Animator|
|The Brave Little Toaster||Animation director (development)|
|Oliver & Company||1988||Co-director, writer, animating assistant|
|Cranium Command||1989||Voice of Hypothalamus, opening sequence director|
|The Rescuers Down Under||1990||Storyboard artist|
|The Prince and the Pauper|
|Beauty and the Beast||1991||Director, creative consultant|
|Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey||1993||Executive producer|
|The Lion King||1994||Additional story material|
|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|
|Beauty and the Beast||2017|
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