Tad Stones


Tad Stones

Tad Stones (born c.1952 in Burbank, California) is an American animator, screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company, where he worked from 1974 to 2003. His most notable credits for Disney include creating, writing and producing the animated series "Darkwing Duck" and producing "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers", "Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears" and "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command". His latest project is the animated film "", which premiered in October 2006 on Cartoon Network's Toonami.

Career biography

Born in Burbank, California, Stones started with Disney training under animation veteran Eric Larson.cite web | publisher=Animation World Magazine - June 09, 2004 | title= The Tad Stones Interview | author=Joe Strike | url=http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2121&page=1 | accessdate=November 6| accessyear=2006] He entered the Feature Animation training program three days after his college graduation in 1974.cite web | publisher=Animation World Magazine - June 09, 2004 | title= The Tad Stones Interview | author=Joe Strike | url=http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2121&page=1 | accessdate=November 6| accessyear=2006] [cite web | publisher=Digital Media FX | title=Tad Stones - Television Series Development In-Depth | author=Shannon Muir | url=http://www.digitalmediafx.com/Columns/ShannonMuir/tadstones.html | accessdate=November 6 | accessyear=2006] After animating a scene in "The Rescuers", Stones moved into the story department on "The Fox and the Hound".cite web | publisher=Animation World Magazine - June 09, 2004 | title= The Tad Stones Interview | author=Joe Strike | url=http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2121&page=1 | accessdate=November 6| accessyear=2006] A brief stint at Walt Disney Imagineering followed, where he worked on Epcot's Transportation pavilion and the Imagination pavilion.cite web | publisher=Animation World Magazine - June 09, 2004 | title= The Tad Stones Interview | author=Joe Strike | url=http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2121&page=1 | accessdate=November 6| accessyear=2006]

Stones worked at Walt Disney Television Animation since its formation in 1984. He was one of the creative forces behind many of the Disney Afternoon shows of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was one of the producers of "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers" and "Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears" (third season only). In 1990, Stones was asked to develop an original concept inspired by two episodes of "Ducktales"; he illustrated what would eventually become known as "Darkwing Duck". Stones wrote and produced the pilot film for the show, "Darkly Dawns the Duck", which premiered in April 1991. After the success of the pilot, Stones served as writer and producer of the show until the end of its run in late 1992. According to an interview, the character of Gosalyn Mallard was partly based on what he believed his then two-year-old daughter would be like when she grew older.

After "Darkwing Duck", Stones served as director in "Aladdin", a television series based on the original film. In 1994, he co-wrote, produced and directed "The Return of Jafar", a direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 film "Aladdin". He also directed and produced a second sequel to "Aladdin" in 1996, "Aladdin and the King of Thieves". The film marked the end of the "Aladdin" films and the "Aladdin" animated series.

In 1998, Stones served as executive producer of '. Two years later, he directed the direct-to-video film '. The film served as pilot episode to the 2000 television series "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command", which Stones also produced. In 2003, he directed ', the direct-to-video sequel to the film '.

Stones worked at Disney for almost 30 years before leaving the company in 2003. In 2004, he started working at Universal Cartoon Studios, where he produced a direct-to-video feature about Brer Rabbit. Stones directed, produced and co-wrote with Mike Mignola ', the first of two direct-to-video animated films based on Mignola's popular comic book series "Hellboy". Stones, a long time comic book reader, had worked previously with Mignola on developing "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" into an animated series. [cite web | title= Tad Stones on Hellboy: Sword of Storms | author=Steve Fritz | url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=88993 | accessdate=November 6| accessyear=2006] ' made its television debut in the United States on October 28, 2006 on Cartoon Network. "", the second film in the "Hellboy" animated series, was scheduled to be screened on television in 2007.

He has also written "Pyramid of Death", one of the two stories in the first volume of the "Hellboy Animated" comic book adaptation.

References

External links

*imdb|id=0832309|title=Tad Stones
* [http://hellboyanimated.typepad.com/hellboy_animated/ Hellboy Animated blog run by Tad Stones]
* [http://www.fpsmagazine.com/podcast/2007_02_01_archive.php Podcast Interview with Tad Stones]
* [http://www.flamesrising.com/interview-tad-stones-animated-hellboy Flames Rising Interview with Tad Stones] (August '08)


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