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RON CLEMENTS (Director/Screenplay By) has emerged as one of the top talents in the field of animation today, and his gentle humor, visual integrity and strong story sensibilities have helped to attract a wider audience than ever before to animated feature films. Along with his directing partner, John Musker, Clements has dedicated himself to expanding the Disney legacy and taking the art of animation in exciting new directions.

Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Clements traces his interest in animation to his first viewing of "Pinocchio” at the age of 10. As a teenager, he began making super-8 animated films, including "Shades of Sherlock Holmes,” a 15-minute featurette he animated singlehandedly. "Shades” won critical acclaim and led to a part-time job as an artist at a television station, where he animated commercials for the local market. Several years later, "Shades” helped Clements get a job at Disney and also served as the inspiration for "The Great Mouse Detective,” which he wrote and directed with Musker.

After graduating from high school, Clements came to California to try his luck at animation. Because there were no openings at Disney, he worked for several months at Hanna-Barbera while studying life drawing in the evening at Art Center. With persistence and determination, Clements was finally accepted into Disney's Talent Development Program, a training ground for young animators. His self-taught experience and ambition made up for his lack of formal training.

After successfully completing the training program, Clements served a two-year apprenticeship under Disney legend Frank Thomas. He quickly progressed through the ranks from in-betweener to assistant to animator-storyman. His credits include "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too,” "The Rescuers,” "Pete's Dragon,” "The Fox and the Hound” and "The Black Cauldron.”

Clements made his writing-directing debut (with Musker) on the 1986 Disney animated feature "The Great Mouse Detective.” Following that, he successfully pitched an animated version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Little Mermaid,” which reteamed Clements and Musker as co-writers and co-directors and became one of the studio's greatest artistic and commercial achievements. Musker and Clements went on to write and direct two of the funniest and most memorable animated features ever—"Aladdin” and "Hercules.” Clements and Musker's next project was "Treasure Planet,” the swashbuckling intergalactic adventure based on the classic novel "Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Clements and his wife, Tami, live in the San Fernando Valley.


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