Monday, April 30, 2012

The Ron Clements Interview -- Part I

Sioux City in Iowa would seem a less than ideal launching pad for a long and successful animation career, but Ron Clements made that starting point work for him ...

TAG Interview with Ron Clements

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Working as the resident artist at a local Sioux City television station, teenaged Ron created his own animated short and got it on the Iowa airwaves. Soon after, a broadcast executive from Los Angeles saw his work, and told Mr. Clements that he could put him in touch with Hanna-Barbera. (Ron had communicated that he wanted to move into animation full-time.)

And Mr. Clements flew to Southern California, and what turned out to be the start of a new life.

After a four-month stint at H-B, Ron found his way into the animation training program at Walt Disney Productions. Disney veteran Frank Thomas became Ron's mentor, and Mr. Clements' advancement was rapid. A character animator on The Rescuers and Pete's Dragon, Ron was promoted to supervising animator for The Fox and the Hound ...


Christopher Sobieniak said...

A shame that that Cruella de Vil test footage is M.I.A. these days, sure love to have seen it.

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