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2011 Eric Goldberg
Animator and director Eric Goldberg has brought to life some of Disney’s most memorable characters and is widely regarded as one of the industry’s top animators. He joined Disney Animation Studios to work on the feature film Aladdin (1992). He served as character designer and lead animator of Genie, whose look was inspired by the great caricaturist Al Hirschfeld and was memorably voiced by Robin Williams. He also served as lead animator of Philoctetes (Phil) in Hercules and was the co-director (with Mike Gabriel) of the 1995 feature Pocahontas.
In 1997, Goldberg began plans to produce an animated short set to the music of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. His film – again inspired by the work of Al Hirschfeld -- eventually became a sequence in Fantasia 2000. He also served as director of the Carnival of the Animals segment, in which flamingos encounter yo-yos. Goldberg's wife, Susan, served as art director on both segments.
He directed four minutes of animation for the Epcot attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros and contributed to the 2007 animated short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater starring Goofy. For The Princess and the Frog, Goldberg was animation supervisor for Tiana’s fantasy sequence and supervising animator of the swinging alligator Louis; he also animated the character’s appearance on the Academy Awards broadcast.
Most recently, Goldberg served as supervising animator of Rabbit in the new full-length animated feature Winnie the Pooh.