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BILL KROYER is an award-winning director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Trained in classical hand-drawn animation at the Disney Studio, Bill was one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation on Disney’s ground-breaking 1982 feature, “Tron.”

“There was no software for motion when we made Tron. It didn’t exist.” ~Bill Kroyer

Founding his own company, Kroyer Films, Inc., Bill and his wife Susan pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn animation with computer animation. Bill was Director for the theatrical animated feature film “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and for his Academy Award® nominated short film “Technological Threat” .

Bill is currently Senior Animation Director at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, where he supervised the animation on “Garfield”, “Scooby Doo”, “Cats & Dogs” and “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” He has directed animation in commercials for Cox Communications, Novell, AT&T, Cheetos, Hankook, and the Coca Cola Polar Bears. Bill’s animation has won awards at festivals all over the world and he serves on the Executive Board of the Animation Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Bill Kroyer can be reached through his CTN Webpage.


Posted by admin at 9.30 AM | 3 Comments
Labels: 1982 Tron, Animators, Directors


  1. Bette & Paul (December 20th, 2008, 8.12 pm)

    Hi Sue & Bill! Happy Holidays!! Sending you lots of love, B&P

  2. Bill Ho (December 21st, 2008, 3.23 am)

    That was an excellent post. To hear Bill reminisce about his days on Tron, witnessing the growth of Rhythm and Hues, to the story about Glen Keane and Ollie discussing about Rapunzel was a wonderful reminder that the lessons that were learned in the early days of animation still apply to the high-tech computer generated world of entertainment.

  3. Merry Clingen (December 25th, 2008, 3.06 am)

    I have always admired Bill, and his courage to launch out on his own, and compete against the big studios. It is good to see how all that hard work paid off over the years!

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