Bruce W. Smith
Bruce W. Smith is a feature film director, animator and television producer. He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the Disney Channel hit show The Proud Family and for supervising the animation of the evil villain Dr. Facilier in the Walt Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog.
Smith studied animation at California Institute of the Arts and later joined the Walt Disney Studios as an animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Smith went on to direct the Paramount Pictures film BeBe’s Kids and co-directed on the Warner Bros. live action/animated movie Space Jam before returning to Disney to supervise animation on Tarzan and The Emperor’s New Groove.
During his stint at Disney, Smith co-founded Jambalaya Studio for the production of the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family and produced over fifty episodes of the hit series along with directing The Proud Family Movie. Smith returned to the Walt Disney Studios to supervise animation on The Princess and the Frog, The Winnie the Pooh Movie and was the lead animator on the animated short Tangled Ever After. Smith’s knack for unique character design led him into the visual development of other projects at the studio such as Wreck-it- Ralph and Frozen. Smith is currently signed to an overall deal at Disney Television Animation.