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.
Trousdale at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist|
|Employer||Walt 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.
|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|
|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|
|Scared Shrekless||Director / Teleplay||Television film|
|The Pig Who Cried Werewolf|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Story artist|
|Rocky and Bullwinkle||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.
of Notre Dame
The Lost Empire
|Mary Kay Bergman|
|David Ogden Stiers|
- Hill, Jim (January 26, 2004). "O Gnomeo, Gnomeo. Wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?". Jim Hill Media. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
- Amidi, Amid (November 4, 2013). ""Beauty and the Beast" Director Gary Trousdale Directs DreamWorks' "Rocky and Bullwinkle" Short". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved November 27, 2013.