The Info List - Kirk Wise

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Kirk Wise (born August 24, 1963) is an American film director, animator and screenwriter best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Wise has directed such Disney animated films as Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also directed the English-language translation of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.


1 Career 2 Filmography 3 References 4 External links

Career[edit] Wise graduated from Palo Alto High School
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
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
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[edit]

Title Year Role

The Great Mouse Detective 1986 Assistant animator

Amazing Stories 1987 Principal animator (1 episode)

Sport Goofy in Soccermania 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
The Rescuers
Down Under 1990 Storyboard artist

The Prince and the Pauper

Beauty and the Beast 1991 Director

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)

Open Season 2006 Special

Oceans 2009 Executive Producer

Waking Sleeping Beauty Himself, caricaturist

2012 Disney History Connections: Colonial America 2012 Director (short)

Chimpanzee Creative consultant

Aldabra: Once Upon an Island 2015

Beauty and the Beast 2017

Untitled Animated Project[1] TBA Director


^ "Tab Murphy - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Kirk Wise on IMDb Kirk Wise at Filmbug

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Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Animation Studios

List of feature films


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Pinocchio (1940) Fantasia (1940) Dumbo
(1941) Bambi
(1942) Saludos Amigos
Saludos Amigos
(1942) The Three Caballeros
The Three Caballeros
(1944) Make Mine Music
Make Mine Music
(1946) Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Melody Time
Melody Time
(1948) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
(1949) Cinderella (1950) Alice in Wonderland (1951) Peter Pan (1953) Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp
(1955) Sleeping Beauty (1959) One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
(1961) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Jungle Book (1967) The Aristocats
The Aristocats
(1970) Robin Hood (1973) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1977) The Rescuers
The Rescuers
(1977) The Fox and the Hound
The Fox and the Hound
(1981) The Black Cauldron (1985) The Great Mouse Detective
The Great Mouse Detective
(1986) Oliver & Company (1988) The Little Mermaid (1989) The Rescuers Down Under
The Rescuers Down Under
(1990) Beauty and the Beast (1991) Aladdin (1992) The Lion King
The Lion King
(1994) Pocahontas (1995) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Hercules (1997) Mulan (1998) Tarzan (1999) Fantasia 2000
Fantasia 2000
(1999) Dinosaur (2000) The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Lilo & Stitch (2002) Treasure Planet
Treasure Planet
(2002) Brother Bear
Brother Bear
(2003) Home on the Range (2004) Chicken Little (2005) Meet the Robinsons
Meet the Robinsons
(2007) Bolt (2008) The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog
(2009) Tangled
(2010) Winnie the Pooh (2011) Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph
(2012) Frozen (2013) Big Hero 6 (2014) Zootopia
(2016) Moana (2016)

Upcoming films

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph
2 (2018) Frozen 2
Frozen 2

Associated productions

The Reluctant Dragon (1941) Victory Through Air Power (1943) Song of the South
Song of the South
(1946) So Dear to My Heart
So Dear to My Heart
(1949) Mary Poppins (1964) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Pete's Dragon (1977) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(1988) Enchanted (2007)



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Waking Sleeping Beauty

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