Brian Ferguson is a 25-year veteran film animator with many major projects to his credit, including some of the highest grossing films of all time. His filmography includes 15 feature films, several as supervising animator, for Walt Disney Animation Studios, including the critically acclaimed and financially successful Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Fantasia 2000, and Winnie the Pooh. Brian is especially skilled at conveying humor and appealing personality, as can be seen in his characters among these landmark films.
Brian has been an adjunct professor of character animation at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film and Video and is now currently teaching hand-drawn character animation at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He continues to keep his animation skills at their peak performance by working on numerous freelance projects.
Brian is trained and adept in both hand drawn and CG animation. His skills extend to illustration, photography, and piano - which Brian believes helps his understanding of the rhythms and timing of performance. He holds degrees from the New York Institute of Technology (Photography, Computer Graphics), Sheridan College (Classical Animation), and the University of Alberta (Zoology, Physics).
He lives with is wife Michelle and their three young sons and two cats in Saint Charles, Illinois.
Hand Drawn Animation
Toon Boom Harmony
2010 - present
Disney Animation Studios
Supervising Animator Positions
Emperor's New Groove
Meet The Robinson's
Princess and The Frog
Chaka & Bucky the Squirrel
Grandpa & Young Bud
Ray's family and frog hunters
2010 - present
Home On The Range
Princess And The Frog
Winnie The Pooh
Iago, Jaffar's Parrot
Timon and little mouse at intro
Rhino; Bolt and Mittens
Ray and misc.
Tigger and Eeyore
Final Line Artist
Warner Brothers Feature Animation
Looney Tunes, Back In Action
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
Hand Drawn and CG Animation Instructor
Hand Drawn Animation Instructor
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY
BFA, (cum laude) Photography Major, Computer Graphics minor
Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Sciences, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Diploma in Classical Animation
Scholarships: Louise McKinney Memorial Scholarship for outstanding achievement, 1984 & 1985
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
BSc, Zoology Major, Physics minor