Kirk Wise

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Kirk Wise is an American animator, director and producer known for his work at Disney Wise graduated from Palo Alto High School and went on to study character animation at California Institute of the Arts. Wise worked as an animator on The Brave Little Toaster, and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories episode "Family Dog". At Disney, he began as an assistant animator on The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver & Company before eventually landing in the story department, where he was reunited with former CalArts classmate Gary Trousdale. After working as storyboard artists on The Rescuers Down Under and The Prince and the Pauper, Wise and Trousdale were responsible for helming the celebrated Beauty and the Beast (1991), the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. They collaborated on two more features for Disney, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Wise also directed the English dubb of Hayo Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kirk Wise, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Corey Burton  •  Claudia Christian  •  James Garner

The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Corey Burton  •  Claudia Christian  •  James Garner

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all -- that true beauty comes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Paige O'Hara  •  Robby Benson  •  Richard White  •  Jerry Orbach

Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all -- that true beauty comes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Paige O'Hara  •  Robby Benson  •  Richard White  •  Jerry Orbach

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leaves the solitary safety of his Notre Dame tower against the wishes of his guardian, the evil Judge Claude Frollo. He ventures out to the Festival of Fools and finds his first true friend, a Romani woman named ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Tom Hulce  •  Demi Moore  •  Jason Alexander  •  Kevin Kline

At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leaves the solitary safety of his Notre Dame tower against the wishes of his guardian, the evil Judge Claude Frollo. He ventures out to the Festival of Fools and finds his first true friend, a Romani woman named ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Tom Hulce  •  Demi Moore  •  Jason Alexander  •  Kevin Kline

Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn
CAST:  Tim Burton  •  John Lasseter  •  Don Bluth  •  Howard Ashman

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn
CAST:  Tim Burton  •  John Lasseter  •  Don Bluth  •  Howard Ashman

Howard (2018)

Though legendary lyricist Howard Ashman died far too young, his impact on Broadway, movies, and the culture at large were incalculable. Told entirely through rare archival footage and interviews with Ashman’s family, friends, associates, and longtime partner Bill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn
CAST:  Howard Ashman  •  Sarah Gillespie  •  Jeffrey Katzenberg  •  Bill Lauch

Though legendary lyricist Howard Ashman died far too young, his impact on Broadway, movies, and the culture at large were incalculable. Told entirely through rare archival footage and interviews with Ashman’s family, friends, associates, and longtime partner Bill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn
CAST:  Howard Ashman  •  Sarah Gillespie  •  Jeffrey Katzenberg  •  Bill Lauch

Paws (1983)

A housecat attempts to eat what he doesn't suspect is a piranha.  (more)

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A housecat attempts to eat what he doesn't suspect is a piranha.  (more)

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Child Proof (1984)

A sickly elephant father struggles to open a jar of aspirin.  (more)

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A sickly elephant father struggles to open a jar of aspirin.  (more)

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Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind the Making of Beauty and the Beast (2010)

An interactive, feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary teeming with worthwhile bonus content all its own.  (more)

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CAST:  Don Hahn  •  Roy O. Disney  •  Charles Solomon  •  Jeffrey Katzenberg

An interactive, feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary teeming with worthwhile bonus content all its own.  (more)

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CAST:  Don Hahn  •  Roy O. Disney  •  Charles Solomon  •  Jeffrey Katzenberg

The Art of 'Spirited Away' (2003)

The people that brought the film Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) (a.k.a. "Spirited Away") to the US explain how it was converted into English, with some minor confusion between languages, and how well it did in both Japan and America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brent Zacky
CAST:  Steve Alpert  •  Jerry Beck  •  Dave Bossert  •  Hendel Butoy

The people that brought the film Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) (a.k.a. "Spirited Away") to the US explain how it was converted into English, with some minor confusion between languages, and how well it did in both Japan and America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brent Zacky
CAST:  Steve Alpert  •  Jerry Beck  •  Dave Bossert  •  Hendel Butoy

The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' (2002)

A documentary about the making of the cult classic Disney Movie Atlantis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pellerin
CAST:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise  •  Don Hahn  •  Tab Murphy

A documentary about the making of the cult classic Disney Movie Atlantis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pellerin
CAST:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise  •  Don Hahn  •  Tab Murphy

Bobbleheads: The Movie (2020)

Get ready for a big shake-up when misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With some guidance from Bobblehead Cher, they find the courage to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Jennifer Coolidge  •  Luke Wilson  •  Khary Payton  •  Brenda Song

Get ready for a big shake-up when misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With some guidance from Bobblehead Cher, they find the courage to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Jennifer Coolidge  •  Luke Wilson  •  Khary Payton  •  Brenda Song