Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 17 – Tony Bancroft

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Episode 17: Tony Bancroft

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This week, we’re thrilled to have Tony Bancroft on the show. Tony Bancroft. Supervising animator for Pumbaa on The Lion King. Supervising animator for Kronk on The Emperor’s New Groove.

Oh yeah, and co-director of Mulan, one of the most underrated (and one of my favorite) animated Disney films ever. To say we’re excited about this episode is an understatement.

Trust me, you’ll want to listen to this one. It’s long, but we had a fascinating conversation that went in some surprising directions. We talk about Tony’s time at Disney, his experiences directing Mulan and being part of the team that spearheaded Disney Feature Animation Florida (which was housed at Disney-MGM Studios), and what he’s been up to in the years since leaving Disney.

We also dive into a larger discussion about the power of the creative endeavor, the magic of “Pumbaa moments,” overcoming a fear of the unknown, and abandoning regret. It’s your life; no one can live it for you.

We get deep, people.

I told you. You won’t want to miss this one.


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