Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 10 – Interview With Tad Stones (part 2)

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Episode 10: Interview with Tad Stones (part 2)

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This week, we conclude our conversation with the legendary Tad Stones. (Part 1 of our conversation can be found here.)

Tad has a history with Disney that stretches over 30 years. He originally started at feature animation with Eric Larson (one of Walt’s Nine Old Men) and worked on The Rescuers and The Fox and the Hound. He later joined the development team during the early days of Epcot (where he worked with another of the Nine Old Men, Ward Kimball, on a few opening-day attractions, including World of Motion).

Tad is perhaps best known, however, for his work in television animation and as one of the formative creative influences behind the Disney Afternoon. He created Darkwing Duck and was heavily involved with several shows. He served as executive or supervising producer on hundreds of episodes of Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin, Hercules, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.

He also directed several direct-to-disc movies, including Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, and Atlantis: Milo’s Return.

Beyond Disney, he’s directed the two Hellboy Animated films (Sword of Storms and Blood and Iron) and Turok: Son of Stone, and he continues to work in the industry on a variety of projects.

In part 1, we chatted about Tad’s early days at Disney, working at Epcot, and his work with Mike Mignola on the Hellboy movies. This week, we dive into the Disney Afternoon, Darkwing Duck, television animation, and sequels and remakes.


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