Ruben Aquino

Ruben Aquino

Ruben Aquino was born in 1953 in Okinawa, Japan (father from Philippines, mother from Okinawa).  He attended Christ the King International School (in Okinawa) from kindergarten to high school (graduated in 1971).  He attended the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia, Pa) 1971-75; majoring in architecture

After graduation, Ruben worked as a graphic artist in Honolulu, Hi 1975-79.  His first job in animation was as trainee in Farmhouse Films (Honolulu, Hi), 1979-80.  He then moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and worked for Hanna-Barbera Studios in models and layout department (1980-81). Ruben started at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1982.

The following are Ruben’s film credits while at Walt Disney Feature Animation:

“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” 1982 (clean-up inbetweener)EPSON MFP image

“Black Cauldron” 1985 (animator)

“Great Mouse Detective” 1986 (animator)

“Oilspot & Lipstick” 1987 (CG short, animator)

“Oliver & Company” 1988 (supervising animator, worked mostly on Francis the Bulldog)

“The Little Mermaid” (1989; supervising animator, Ursula the Seawitch)

“Rescuers Down Under” (1990; supervising animator, Jake the Kangaroo Mouse)

“Beauty & the Beast” (1991; supervising animator, Maurice (Belle’s dad))

“Lion King” (1994; supervising animator, adult Simba)

“Pocahontas” (1995; supervising animator, Chief Powhatan)

“Mulan” (1998; supervising animator, Captain Li Shang; won 1998 Annie Award for character animation– Captain Shang)

“Lilo & Stitch” (2002; supervising animator, Pleakley & David)

“Brother Bear” (2003; supervising animator, Denahi)

“Meet the Robinsons” (2007; supervising animator, Mildred and Mr. Willerstein; his first CG feature credit)

“The Princess & the Frog” (2009; supervising animator, Eudora & James)

“Winnie the Pooh” (2011; animator, Winnie the Pooh & Eeyore)