Gary Trousdale

Gary A. Trousdale (born June 8, 1960) is an American film director, screenwriter, animator and storyboard artist, known for directing films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He frequently works with Kirk Wise and Don Hahn.

Gary Trousdale
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Born (1960-06-08) June 8, 1960 (age 60)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist
Years active1982–present
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1985–2003)
DreamWorks Animation (2003–present)

Life and careerEdit

Trousdale planned to become an architect, but decided instead to study animation at CalArts, where he studied for three years. He was hired in 1982 to design storyboards and do other animation. He then went to work designing restaurant menus and T-shirts.

Trousdale was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1985 as an effects animator on The Black Cauldron. He gained true prominence in his field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. He later directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and Atlantis: The Lost Empire in 2001. Following the release of Atlantis, he was attached to solely direct Gnomeo & Juliet, but he was dismissed from the project following creative differences with then-Feature Animation president David Stainton.[1]

He later moved to DreamWorks Animation in 2003, where he worked on projects such as The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, Shrek the Halls, and Scared Shrekless.


Year Film Position Notes
1985 The Black Cauldron Inbetween effects artist
My Science Project Effects animator
Homania Character Designer / Animator
1988 Oliver & Company Story
1989 The Little Mermaid
Cranium Command Opening Sequence Director
1990 The Rescuers Down Under Story
The Prince and the Pauper
1991 Beauty and the Beast Director Co-directed with Kirk Wise
1992 Aladdin Pre-production Story Development: CGI
1994 The Lion King Story
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Director / Old Man (voice) Co-directed with Kirk Wise
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Director / Story
2005 Madagascar Storyboard artist
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper Director Short film
2006 Flushed Away Additional story artist
2007 Shrek the Halls Director / Teleplay / Santa (voice)
2008 Kung Fu Panda Special Thanks
2010 Megamind
Scared Shrekless Director / Teleplay Television film
2011 Thriller Night Director
The Pig Who Cried Werewolf
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Story artist
Rocky and Bullwinkle[2] Director Direct to video short
2016 Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Himself
2017 Beauty and the Beast Creative consultant


Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise have cast certain actors in more than one of their films.

Beauty and
the Beast
The Hunchback
of Notre Dame
The Lost Empire
Jack Angel
Mary Kay Bergman
Corey Burton
Jim Cummings
Bill Farmer
Tony Jay
Patrick Pinney
Phil Proctor
Kath Soucie
David Ogden Stiers
Frank Welker


  1. ^ Hill, Jim (January 26, 2004). "O Gnomeo, Gnomeo. Wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?". Jim Hill Media. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Amidi, Amid (November 4, 2013). ""Beauty and the Beast" Director Gary Trousdale Directs DreamWorks' "Rocky and Bullwinkle" Short". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved November 27, 2013.

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