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George Scribner
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General Information
Name

George Scribner

Birthplace

Panama City, Republic of Panama

Years

1980 - present

Website

www.scribnerart.com

George Scribner is an artist, director and animator who works for Disney, as well as the original director of The Lion King.

Biography

Scribner was born and raised in the Republic of Panama, where he attended grade schools and drew his way through most of his classes. After attending The Bolles School in Florida, he majored in film studies at Emerson College in Boston and moved to Los Angeles to pursue animation and joined Hanna Barbera Productions. In the mid 1980s, He became an animator at the Walt Disney Studios where he worked on several animation projects. His first directorial debut was Oliver & Company released in 1988. After the release of Oliver & Company, Scribner signed on the director for the working film, King of the Jungle. In October 1991, Scribner was joined by co-director, Roger Allers.[1] Allers brought on board Brenda Chapman, who would become the head of story. Afterwards, several of the lead crew members, including Allers, Scribner, Don Hahn, Chapman, and production designer Chris Sanders, took a safari trip to Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya, in order to study and gain an appreciation of the environment for the film. After six months of story development work, Scribner decided to leave the project, as he feuded with Allers and the producers on their decision to turn the film into a musical, as Scribner's intention was of making a documentary-like film more focused on natural aspects.[2] In April 1992, Scribner was replaced by Rob Minkoff. Despite being off the production team, Scribner was still credited as contributing "additional story material".[3]

Scribner would later work on the Disney film, Dinosaur. In recent years, Scribner went on to become the animation director and concept artist for Walt Disney Imagineering where he directed Magic Mickey's PhilharMagic, Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Along with this, Scribner was commissioned to paint large scale oil paintings of the upcoming Panama Canal Expansion until its inception in 2014.[4]

Videos

Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner (I of 8)08:24

Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner (I of 8)

Q&A: Original Director, Lion King: George Scribner

2 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner07:14

2 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner

2: Q&A Lion King Director George Scribner

3 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner07:35

3 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner

Behind the scenes at Disney.

4 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner08:33

4 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner

Great behind-the-scenes stories and tips on a Disney career.

5 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer George Scribner07:57

5 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer George Scribner

Behind the scenes with the original director of The Lion King

6 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer George Scribner09:58

6 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer George Scribner

Behind the scenes with Disney Director George Scribner

7 Q&A with Disney Director, Imagineer George Scribner09:47

7 Q&A with Disney Director, Imagineer George Scribner

behind the scenes with Disney Director George Scribner

8 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner07:23

8 Q&A Disney Director, Imagineer, Animator George Scribner

Behind the scenes with the original director of The Lion King


References

  1. The Lion King: Film Notes.
  2. The Lion King: A Memoir –Don Hahn The Lion King: Diamond Edition. 4 October 2011. Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  3. The Lion King end credits
  4. About The Artist - George Scribner.

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