Watch 9 Famous Animation Directors Talk About Their Careers

If you were unable to attend the SIGGRAPH Keynote panel on Monday, featuring nine distinguished animation directors, you’re in luck because the 92-minute discussion is posted below.

The panel, entitled “Giants’ First Steps,” focused on the early careers of the following artists: Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), Eric Goldberg (Pocahontas, Fantasia/2000), Kevin Lima (Tarzan), Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon), Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), Kirk Wise (Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin).


  • the Gee

    Awesome.
    I’m a sucker for these kinds of panels and definitely wish I had been there.

  • George Comerci

    Ill definately look at it later, just dont have time now! but yes, i definately wish i couldve been there :D

  • James Madiosn

    Really good panel. Also good points on looking at different platforms as being “the new frontier” and not being dependent upon the status quo.

  • Ness

    Really enjoyed this, thank you!

  • doug

    this could have gone on all day and it still wouldn’t have been enough

  • Henrique Barone

    Absolutely inspiring! I loved that the starting point for the talk is the student film for each of them! On a side note, Eric Goldberg is a Character Design class himself. :)

  • George Coff

    great stuff. some of the most helpful points i have heard from a panel before. as a beginner im surprised by how much i can relate to a lot of their early stories! (however i wish i had a mentor).

  • Ju-osh

    Starts off slow, quickly gets AMAZING. By the 40 minute mark, I literally found myself rubbing my cheeks — they were sore from the giant smile on my face!

  • Vicky

    This is great! Thanks for posting it, it’s a shame there are no ladies in this line up, but high five Henry Selick for mentioning Caroline Leaf.

  • the Gee

    It is worth taking the time to watch. While it isn’t the widest spectrum of directors–each is talented, experienced and knows what they are talking about.

    I agree with Ju-osh that it starts off kind of slow. But, these types of panels can be that way. But, once the topics turn slightly each of them chimes in with great stuff and no one remains a wallflower.