Barry Cook was born and raised in Nashville, TN, USA. He began making films at the age of ten on the family super 8 camera. He won two prizes in the local PBS-sponsored Young Filmakers Festival with “The Vampire” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at the age of twelve. During summers, he and his brother would work at Opryland USA, drawing caricatures of the guests. At the age of eighteen, Barry moved to California to pursue his career in motion pictures. He studied at Columbia College, where he spent time helping colleagues with their student films. He served as an intern at Hanna Barbera. He joined Disney in 1981 to work on “Tron”. He has worked as an animator on many Disney films, including “Oliver & Company” and “Captain EO”. He has worked at Disney for seventeen years, and “Mulan” was his directing debut. He currently lives in Florida with his wife and four children.