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Ted Thomas Son of Frank Thomas

Ted Thomas Son of Frank Thomas

Award-winning director and writer Theodore Thomas was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of renowned animator, Frank Thomas.  He excelled at music at a young age, a passion that has continued throughout his life.  At university he majored in cultural anthropology and Asian studies.  World travels with a camera and extended stays in India and Japan led to filmmaking and projects with Disney, the National Geographic Society, and American PBS, among others. Thomas’s projects for television have garnered a National Emmy, a Writers Guild of America Award and two WGA Award nominations.

Working with his wife and longtime collaborator, Kuniko Okubo, Thomas’s feature work is characterized by insight, pathos, and humor. His children’s fantasy WHERE THE TOYS COME FROM won the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award.  FRANK AND OLLIE, the story of Thomas’s animator father and his best friend, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, won the People’s Choice Award at Worldfest Houston, and was an audience favorite at festivals around the world.  Ambitious in scope and technique, WALT & EL GRUPO provided an unprecedented look at Walt Disney’s little known 1941 trip to Latin American countries on the eve of US entry into World War II. In GROWING UP WITH NINE OLD MEN, his third foray into Disney history, he chronicled the impressions of his fellow “Disney Brats” and what childhood was like with their talented fathers.

Recently, Thomas contributed to the screenplay of WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, releasing in December 2013.

GROWING UP WITH NINE OLD MEN

Filmmaker Ted Thomas, son of legendary animator Frank Thomas, has often been asked what it was like growing up with one of Walt Disney’s core group of artists.  In GROWING UP WITH NINE OLD MEN, he hits the road to put the same question to other children of the team that created a new art form and put a lasting stamp on popular culture.