Tony Bancroft

Director / Animator

Tony Bancroft was accepted into the exclusive, Disney-sponsored art college, California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts) in 1987, where he thrived artistically and developed a lifelong passion for animation. Soon after, he realized one of his childhood dreams as he was hired to animate for Walt Disney Animation Studios.During his 12-year career with Disney Studios, Bancroft helped create and animate Pumbaa, the lovable warthog in The Lion King; Kronk, the dim-witted sidekick in The Emperor’s New Groove; Cogsworth the nervous clock from Beauty and the Beast; and Iago the pestering parrot in Aladdin. Bancroft’s most notable accomplishments include being the co-director of Walt Disney’s feature film, Mulan, for which he received the Annie Award for Director of the Year from ASIFA-International; and animation supervisor of Sony’s Stuart Little 2, for which he received the Visual Effects Society’s top award for character animation.

Recently, Bancroft finished co-directing an independent CG animated feature Animal Crackers and executive producing another CG feature Mosley, both with an international theatrical release in 2019. He is currently developing an animated feature based on a popular children’s book.He has taken his 30 years of animation experience and compiled it into a book,Directing for Animation, which released worldwide through Focal Press.

He and his twin brother, Tom, recently started a popular podcast focusing on the animation industry called The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, which is the #1 podcast for animation on iTunes. Tony is thrilled for the opportunity to bring his experience and passion for animation and use them to instruct the next generation of animation creators as Program Director of Azusa Pacific University’s new degree program in Animation and Visual Effects.








The Lion King

The Emperor’s New Groove

Beauty and the Beast



Sony’s Stuart Little 2