WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
BARRY COOK (Director) is a veteran of film and animation
with more than 30 years of experience. He began his career at Hanna-Barbera
Studios, where he worked as an assistant animator on the pilot episode of The
Smurfs. In 1981 he moved to the Walt Disney Studios, where he lent his talents
as an effects animator to such notable features as Tron, The Little Mermaid,
Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
In 1992 Cook made his directing debut with the CG short Off His Rockers,
followed by the Disney/Amblin short Trail Mix-Up, starring Roger Rabbit.
His feature debut was in 1998 with Mulan, which earned over $300 million in
worldwide box office. For his work on the picture, Cook received the
International Animated Film Society's Annie Award for best individual
achievement for feature directing.
Cook has also developed the feature film property My Peoples for Disney and
Mean Margaret for Starz Entertainment. In 2008 LAIKA Entertainment hired Barry
as a development director, where he co-wrote the screenplay for the CG feature
project Jack& Ben. In 2009 Barry signed with Aardman Animations and co-directed their feature
Arthur Christmas, released by Sony/Columbia Pictures in 2011.
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