Tony Bancroft’s Early Career
As a California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) student, Tony Bancroft’s talent was recognized very early on. As a result, his college career was cut short upon immediately being “drafted” to the big leagues of Walt Disney Animation Studios. His ability to quickly adapt his skills to any given project led him to work on such legendary animated productions as The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. His diligence and a meticulous eye for character performance were rewarded when he became the Supervising Animator for both The Lion King and The Emperor’s New Groove. Memorable characters such as Pumbaa, the lovable warthog and spinach puff specialist, Kronk were two of the comedic creations that Tony brought to those Disney classics. He capped a successful 12-year career at Disney, being named co-director of the award-winning feature Mulan; adding to his list of credits, “youngest director in Disney’s history” and an Annie Award for Best Director that year.
Tony Bancroft’s Recent Work
With a desire to broaden his horizons, Tony Bancroft was tapped by Sony Pictures to become the Animation Director for their summer release, Stuart Little 2 and then briefly returned to Disney to direct the English-language voice talent for the U.S. release of Miyasaki’s Porco Rosso. The culmination of his talent and experience led Tony to found his own animation studio – Toonacious Family Entertainment – where he specialized in DVD feature development and commercial production. Toonacious also produced their own original DVD series called Lenny and Sid. Tony developed and directed the film “High in the Clouds” for RGH Entertainment based on the children’s book by Paul McCartney.
Currently, Tony Bancroft is currently Director for an original CG animated feature film called Animal Crackers. It is set for release in 2016 by Blue Dream Studios.
Tony and his twin brother Tom Bancroft co-host the popular Bancroft Brothers Animation podcast. Tony Bancroft is the author of the book Directing for Animation: Everything You Didn’t Learn in Art School.