Toon Talks Podcast with Bruce Smith

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Bruce is one of the most talented and charismatic animators you’ll find in the industry, what a pleasure to talk with him!

A graduate of Cal Arts, Bruce broke into the industry working with Bill Mendez on one of my childhood favourites, the Garfield specials. He also worked with Dale Bear at Bear animation working on Who Framed Rodger Rabbit. Later animating on Space Jam at Warner’s, Supervising at Disney on Kurchak as well as the Baboons & Baby Baboons, in Tarzan Pacha, in Emperor’s New Groove, Pearl in Home on The Range, Dr. Facilier in Princes and the Frog, Kanga, Roo and Piglet in Winnie the Pooh … the list goes on 🙂 He directed Bebe’s Kids (Character based off Robin Harris’ stand up act), and co-created and directed the TV show Proud Family. He’s currently directing at Paramount Pictures.

Bruce’s personality makes him instantly likable, unafraid to be himself and proud of his background and cutler which to me, makes him all the more admirable. I clearly had a wonderful time talking with Bruce, I hope you have a wonderful time listening.