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Animation Insiders

Title:Animation Insiders
length 40mins
Filmed on November 2010
tchonin_thumbModerator Tenny Chonin Director of Artist and Professional Development at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Tenny Chonin combined her teaching and artistic experience to develop programs designed to enrich the creative lives of the Disney artists.

Tenny led the department that conceived and produced all training and enrichment activities for the feature animation division.
Her group provided cross-training, new software training, daily art classes, workshops, seminars, production-specific events,
mentoring and much more. Tenny had the pleasure of working closely with Disney’s studio artists and trainees, apprentices and new hires.  No wonder she proclaims that she had “the best job at Disney Animation.”

Tenny is currently consulting on projects that further the education of animators in film and television.

Motivated by her deep and continuing respect for the artists, Tenny has also created the first online art gallery exclusively representing non-Disney art by Disney artists. SUSPENDED ANIMATION GALLERY

Andreas Deja was born 1957 in Gdańsk, Poland. Deja moved with his family to Dinslaken, Germany in 1958. After graduating from Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium (secondary school), he studied graphic design at the Folkwang-Schule in Essen, Germany. A lifelong fan of Disney animated films, Deja was hired by the studio in 1980 after he had corresponded with Eric Larson.[1] The first film on which he worked was The Black Cauldron, during which time he shared a cubicle with the film director Tim Burton. During his rookie days at Disney, Deja sought mentorship and practical advice from seven of the then-living Nine Old Men (who were already retired before his tenure). On an interview with Clay Katis on the Animation Podcast, Deja stated that if the podcast needed anything on the Nine Old Men, to refer to him because of the vast amount of information he has collected over the years. He later revealed that one of his ambitions is to publish one book for each of the Nine Old Men.
Deja is best known as the supervising animator of some of the most memorable Disney villains: Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin and Scar from The Lion King. He also animated Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, King Triton from The Little Mermaid, the title character from Hercules, Lilo from Lilo & Stitch, and Queen Narissa from Enchanted. In addition, he is the current resident specialist for the animation of Mickey Mouse.
In 2006, at the 35th Annie Awards, Deja was awarded the Winsor McCay Award for outstanding contribution to the art of animation.

ericgoldberg_thumbEric Goldberg Walt Disney Animation Studios Eric is an animator and film director who is currently the supervising animator of the character “Louis” for Disney’s upcoming 2D feature The Princess and the Frog.

Creator of Aladdin’s Genie, he was the supervising animator of Phil in Hercules and co-director of Pocahontas.

Goldberg is also the author of the book Character Animation Crash Course! and a lecturer for Animation Mentor.


Pablo Navarro is an Animation Director, Director and Senior Character Animator. He started his career at a very young age, as an autodidact. Professionally speaking his first job into animation was final line inker, after that he jumped little by little by all the positions within a production, until he became a lead animator and animation director.
This gave Pablo a complete understanding of the whole animation process, a powerful tool that you can see in his work.
Pablo’s approaches animation from two different sides, one very technical, where all the principles come together to help in the creation of movement, and another that involves acting and psychology. Like Pablo says “we have to manipulate the minds of the viewer to make them feel what we want them to feel”.
He has worked in a great number of feature films, mostly within Europe, as a Senior character Animator, and Animation Director. The most relevant are El Cid the Legend, Nocturna, Asterix and the Vikings, Planet 51, Donkey-xote between many others.
He has worked also in countless commercials and short films. Lately he had the pleasure in participate in an Animation book, titled Animation Insiders, he was invited to share his knowledge about animation processes and workflow, along with 12 of the most talented animators in nowadays.
Besides all this, Pablo is developing an animation feature film project of his own, from an original idea created by him. His current position is Animation Director for Filmax Animation upcoming project “Copito de Nieve” Snowflake the white gorilla.


Tony DeRosa has over 29 years of professional experience as an animator.
Mr. DeRosa completed his animation education at the world-renowned California Institute of the Arts and was immediately hired by Disney Studios to train under legendary animator Eric Larson. After assisting on numerous projects he did his first animation on The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company and then The Little Mermaid. His first role as supervising animator was on The Rescuers Down Under, supervising the character of Bernard. He was also one of the key animators for the Beast, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, Aladdin. He supervised animation for the character Nala, The Lion King, Nakoma, Pocahontas, Zeus and Hera, Hercules, the Sprite, Fantasia 2000, and Moliere, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Also, among his credits as animator are Treasure Planet and Home on the Range.
He then went on to supervise animation on Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Fat Albert: The Movie. He was the lead animator for George, Curious George and also animated on The Simpsons Movie. Aside from these credits Mr. DeRosa has worked on many smaller and independent animation projects.
He was honored to have supervised the animation of Lawrence, The Princess and the Frog, and Disney’s return to the art of classical hand drawn animation. Most recently he has just completed his work animating Winnie the Pooh for the new Disney feature film.
In 2004 he was an Annie Award nominee for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Character Animation. He also has been an invited lecturer at many learning institutions.

Tony is married and resides with his family in Glendale, California.

Victor Navone is a traditional artist and computer animator. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine and worked for several years in the computer gaming industry as a Conceptual Designer and 3d Artist. In 1998 Navone began studying 3D character animation on his spare time. One of his early animation exercises, “Alien Song”, went on to become a popular viral clip the internet and caught the attention of Pixar Animation Studios, who hired him as a full-time animator in 2000. His animation credits include the films “Monsters, Inc.”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles”, “Cars”, and “WALL-E”, where he earned a Character Development credit. He has also co-directed a series of short “Cars Toons” for television. He is currently a Directing Animator on the feature “Cars 2”.

You can view Victor Navone’s portfolio and blog at

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