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The Art of Story

CTN is proud to have over 50 years of Disney Feature Animation storytelling in one room. Take advantage of this once in a life time opportunity to have a conversation with and hear from the top story artists from Disney.

STEPHEN ANDERSON (Director) joined Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1995 as a story artist on “Tarzan.”  Prior to taking on directing duties for “Winnie the Pooh,” he served as director of 2007’s “Meet the Robinsons.”

Anderson’s credits in the WDAS story department include “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Brother Bear.”  He served as story supervisor for both films.

Prior to joining Disney, Anderson worked as an animator at Hyperion Animation on “Rover Dangerfield” and “Bebe’s Kids.”  He made his directorial debut with the TV series “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Anderson grew up in Plano, Texas, before attending the prestigious CaliforniaInstitute of the Arts, where he also served as a story instructor for five years.

Steve currently resides in Canyon Country, Calif., with his wife Heather and their son Jacob.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.  “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh.  Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters in Europe and Latin America in Spring 2011; the U.S. release date is July 15, 2011.

Ray Shenusay graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute.  Shortly after that he was bitten by the animation bug while working on the forgettable animated series, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.  He worked on a number of animated shows in Los Angeles and eventually began working as a Visual Consultant for the movie and effects industry at places like Boss Film Corporation and Apogee Magic.  He became an Art Director for an early CGI company, Rez-N-8, where he developed a number of projects with Bob Peterson.

Now, bitten by another bug, the Story Bug, he became a creative partner with Michael Bedard.  They had two development deals at Universal Studios and created many projects for film and animation, including “Noah’s Blimp” (Optioned by Amblin) and “The Santa Claus Brothers.”  Hired as Vis Dev Artist at Disney Feature Animation, he quickly transitioned into the Story department and worked developing and boarding on a number of projects there for eight years.  Ray has taught Story at the college level and worked as a Directorial Consultant for an overseas studio.

Ray began an ongoing writing partnership with playwright Victor Bumbalo.  Besides working for Fox Feature Animation and Nickelodeon, they’ve developed a number of projects and completed three original scripts.

Ray currently works as a Head of Story with all the fantastic people at Disney Toon Studios.

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