KEVIN LIMA (Director)
marks his live action feature film debut with "102 Dalmatians."
Lima most recently directed Walt Disney
Pictures' phenomenally successful animated feature "Tarzan." The
film was both a worldwide critical hit and one of Disney's most successful
animated features of all time.
Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode
Island, Lima first became interested in animation at the age of five when he was
given a book on the subject. For eight years this interest manifested itself in
the art of puppetry. Eventually he enrolled in the animation program at the
California Institute of the Arts.
After graduating from the Institute,
Lima worked briefly for Disney on the "Sport Goofy" project before
designing the characters and animation for the independently produced feature
"The Brave Little Toaster." In 1987 he returned to Disney to animate
the character of Fagin in "Oliver & Company." He has been with the
company ever since and has become one of Disney's most respected creative
Since "Oliver & Company,"
Lima has worked in some capacity on every Disney animated feature. This
incredible testament to his work means that his artistic influence can be seen
in every film from "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the
Beast" through to "Aladdin." For instance, in "The Little
Mermaid," Lima helped design Ursula, Flounder and many other characters.
One of Lima's other great achievements was the creation of the character of
Lumiere in Disney's hugely successful 1991 animated feature "Beauty and
In 1992 he was offered the chance to
direct "A Goofy Movie." Not since "Oliver & Company" had
Disney assigned a solo director to an animated feature. "A Goofy
Movie" debuted to critical praise and Lima was applauded for breathing new
life into a character that had previously resided in the shadow of his more
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