|Born||in Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Birth Name||Anthony Paul Bancroft|
Mini Bio (1)
Tony Bancroft has spent the past 16 years developing his skills as an Animator/Director with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Imageworks, and currently with Toonacious Family Entertainment, his own animation studio.
Tony was accepted into the exclusive, Disney-sponsored California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts) after graduating from high school in 1987. While there, his work caught the attention of Walt Disney Studios. He was offered a position in the prestigious Feature Animation division in 1989.
Following his work on such feature length productions as "The Rescuers Down Under", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Aladdin", Tony was appointed Supervising Animator on the 1992 Academy Award winning feature "The Lion King", and was responsible for creating, designing and overseeing the animation of Pumbaa, the warthog.
His exemplary work led, at the age of 30, to the opportunity to co-direct Disney's 36th animation masterpiece, "Mulan". "Mulan's" 1998 release grossed over $300 million worldwide. It earned Tony an Annie Award for Best Director, the animation industry's highest honor. He was also the Supervising Animator of the character Kronk in Disney's Christmas 2000 release of "The Emperor's New Groove".
Tony also served as the Animation Director for Sony Pictures' summer 2002 release, "Stuart Little 2" and, in 2003, was voice director of the English language version of the Miyasaki film "Porco Rosso" through Walt Disney Studios.
In 2001, with his two partners, Tony started Toonacious Family Entertainment, as Executive VP/Creative Production. Using his 16 years experience in the animation industry, Tony has helped to make Toonacious an animation studio committed to producing quality family entertainment.
Along with developing their own projects, Toonacious, through his direction, successfully completed Disney's "Thumper's Story-time", a Lilo and Stitch short, "The Origin of Stitch" and is currently involved with Disney's direct-to-DVD "Tinkerbell" project.
Tony resides in Burbank, California with his wife, Rene, and their three children.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Bancroft