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Fred Warter Art Director

Fred Warter Art Director

Fred Warter was born in southern California with a paintbrush in his hand. One of his earliest grade school teachers first recognized his artistic abilities and would give him extra credit for any illustration that would accompany his academic assignments.  But it was his passion for illustrator Frank Frazetta and Mad magazine which truly solidified his illustrative direction.

After high school he studied illustration at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, graduating with honors in 1983. After graduating he landed a job as a character animator for Don Bluth Studios.

Mentored by the animation legend John Pomeroy, Warter animated on the landmark animated video games Space Ace and Dragons Lair II.  In 1985 he worked as a background painter for various television studios including Marvel, Hanna Barbera, and Disney Television animation. In 1991 he art directed the Emmy®-nominated television series Darkwing Duck.

Warter also continued his illustration career and in 1992 completed a massive illustration project for the video and illustrated children’s book Annie Oakley for Rabbit Ears Productions. The project achieved several awards including the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and The National Educational Film & Video Festival Silver Apple.

In 1995 he worked as production designer on the classic A GOOFY MOVIE for which he was nominated for a best production design Annie.  The next few years were spent working as a visual development artist for Pixar, Disney Feature animation, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. on such timeless films as A BUG’S LIFE, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE ROAD TO EL DORADO, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, THE IRON GIANT and HOME ON THE RANGE.

In 1998 he accepted the assignment to art direct Disney’s THE LION KING II and went on to art direct LADY AND THE TRAMP II, PIGLETS BIG MOVIE and THE FOX AND THE HOUND II.  In 2007 Warter took on the challenge of production designer on visionary Shane Ackers’ feature, 9.

In 2008, Warter returned to Disney to art direct the John Lasseter executive produced global hit, TINKER BELL.  He is currently art directing TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE, the third film in the Disney fairies franchise.

Warter lives away from the hectic hustle and bustle of Los Angeles in the beautiful San Luis Obispo area north of Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and two children, five horses and three dogs.

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