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    David Bossert Interview


    Thank you to everyone who sent in their questions for Mr. Bossert.

    Thank you for your interview with our future artists.
    Here are some of the questions that were received.


Ethan age 5: When did you meet Mickey Mouse?

Dave: I believe that I first meet Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World in Florida when I was 15 years old. Since starting work at the Disney Studios, I see Mickey at least several times a year.


Nick age 12: What age were you when you started drawing?

Dave: My earliest drawing memories are from third grade.


Jason age 9: Why did you become an artist?

Dave: Growing up I always enjoyed drawing, painting and sculpture so it was a natural progression for me to follow a career in the arts. It is important to peruse things that you enjoy!


Mya age 10: What would you suggest I do to become an artist?

Dave: One of the best things you can do to become artist is to work very hard at improving your artistic abilities. It is extremely important to take many art classes and continuously practice your craft. School plays a very major role in an artists ability to visualize and understand the world around us.


Carol age 12: Where would I go to learn more about drawing and animations?

Dave: The best place to start is with art classes at your school. Once you have taken all that are offered than I would suggest that you look around your area to see if there are art schools or art classes offered to grade school students. When I was in High School I was able to take a sculpture class at a local university and it was a wonderful experience.


Sue age 10: What does an effects animator do?

Dave: Effects animators handle all animation assignments other than the characters. These would include; rain, snow, water splashes, mud, fire, lightening, ocean surfaces, bubbles, and many other elements that are required to throughout an animated film.


Duane age 12: What do you use to draw with? computers ink pencil watercolor markers?

Dave: I have created animation over the years using; pencil, charcoal, pastels, ink, brushes and paint, computers, markers, and even push pins! If you take two pieces of black construct paper; on one piece use a push pin to punch holes randomly around the paper to create a "star field". Now on the other piece use an exacto knife to randomly cut out a "zebra" like pattern. elongated slots somewhat close together. Once you have both done, hold the piece with pin holes, the "star field", up to a light; put the "zebra" pattern piece on the back of the "star field" and gently slide it from side to side. You've just created a twinkling star field!!


Jackie age 5: What was your favorite movie you worked on?

Dave: Well all of the films that I have worked on were a lot of fun to be a part of. But I think the one that stands out the most is "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" because I got to work on that one in London , England .


Jeanne age 8: Are you working on any future movies?

Dave: No, I am currently working on some animated projects for Disney World, Paris Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and for the Disney Cruise Line.


Loraine: We've lost many great Disney artists in the past few years... is there still a reason for our youth to learn the art of drawing and animation?

Dave: Yes, many of the veteran animators have been passing their knowledge onto a younger generation of artists. That passing of the torch is what has kept the animation art form alive and vibrant for the past 80 years. Animation, like painting and sculpture, is an art form that is continuously being reinvented and improved upon.



David Bossert... director of the Disney Learning Adventures’ “Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & Sizes.” The pre-school title was one of only three nominees in the Best Home Entertainment Production category at this year’s upcoming 34th Annual Annie Awards February 11th. The Annie Awards, as you know, are the nation’s top honors in the field of animation.

Dave, a Walt Disney Company veteran of more than two decades, is currently Creative Director of Disney Animation Special Projects. He served as one of the many specialty animators on special effects artists on “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Fantasia 2000” and many other films.

Bossert is also Artistic Supervisor of the Disney Restoration Team and helped on the recent restorations of “Bambi Platinum Edition,” “Lady and the Tramp Two Disc Special Edition,” “Cinderella Two-Disc Special Edition,” “The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition” and the recent “True-Life Adventures,” the classic wildlife series on which he also served as a producer.

The “Winnie the Pooh” series is quite unique and won reviews for its creativity and entertainment value as well as its ability to teach children basic learning. In fact, it’s an excellent example of one of Disney’s rich history of doing just this.


NoImage.gif - 2742 Bytes Lorenzo (2004) (visual effects supervisor)

Traditional Animation hits a new benchmark! Nominated Academy Awards. Won the Annie Awards.

Spider-Man.jpg - 4153 Bytes Spider-Man (2002) (animator: dream sequence) (as David Bossert)

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Clerks.jpg - 6601 Bytes Clerks (effects design) (1 episode [TV-Series])

The continuing adventures of clerks Dante and Randal, who try to make the best of their menial labor, with no help from Jay and Silent Bob.

Fantasia.jpg - 6339 Bytes Fantasia/2000 (1999) (visual effects supervisor)

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

RunawayBrain.jpg - 14059 Bytes Runaway Brain (1995) (visual effects) (as David A. Bossert)

A cute Disney short film. In an attempt to convince Minnie that he hasn't forgotten to buy her an anniversary present, Mickey Mouse ends up promising to take her to Hawaii.

Pocahontas.jpg - 6170 Bytes Pocahontas (1995) (3d effects)(pre-production effects development)

An American legend comes to life

Plot Outline: The daughter of a Native American tribe chief and English soldier share a romance when English colonists invade 16th century Virginia.

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LionKing.jpg - 4627 Bytes The Lion King (1994) (effects animator)

Life's greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life.

Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

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TheNightmareBeforeChristmas.jpg - 7993 Bytes The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (snow animator)

Tim Burton's classic returns in 3-D so real, it's scary.

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

StayTuned.jpg - 4719 Bytes Stay Tuned (1992) (supervising effects animator) (as David Bossert)

Everybody wants to be on television. Just not this kind of television.

Plot Outline: A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish TV and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of TV shows they find themselves in.

BeautyBeast.jpg - 4627 Bytes Beauty and the Beast (1991) (supervising effects animator)

The most beautiful love story ever told.

Belle, whose father Maurice is imprisoned by the Beast (really an enchanted Prince), offers herself instead and finds the prince inside the Beast.

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TheLittleMermaid.jpg - 8108 Bytes The Little Mermaid (1989) (effects animator)

Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy.

Plot Outline: A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land.

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OliveCo.jpg - 6289 Bytes Oliver & Company (1988) (effects animator)

The first Disney movie with attitude.

A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York.

WhoFramedRogerRabbit.jpg - 5392 Bytes Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (effects animator)

It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.

A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

TheGreatMouseDetective.jpg - 6054 Bytes The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (effects animator)

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy.

TheBlackCauldron.jpg - 7260 Bytes The Black Cauldron (1985) (effects inbetween artist)

Seven years in the making - In the celebrated Disney tradition comes our 25th animated motion picture.

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diaboical tyrant can.


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