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Eric Goldberg (film director)

Eric Goldberg
Born (1955-05-01) May 1, 1955
Levittown, Pennsylvania
Occupation Animator, Film Director, Actor
Religion Jewish[1]
Spouse(s) Susan Goldberg[2]

Eric Goldberg (born May 1, 1955) is an American animator, film director and voice actor. He is best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Life and career

Goldberg was raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey as a child, where he attended Cherry Hill High School East.[3][4] Goldberg later studied at Pratt Institute, where he majored in illustration. He first entered the industry in the mid-1970s working on Raggedy Ann and Andy for the Richard Williams studio, eventually moving to Williams' London studio and rising through the ranks from assistant to director. During the 1980s, Goldberg started his own London-based studio, Pizazz Pictures, to produce television commercials.

Later, Goldberg closed his studio to work at Disney Animation Studios, Burbank, California, to work on the film Aladdin, for which he became the lead animator on the character Genie, and later the lead animator on Phil in Hercules (1997). Goldberg also was the co-director of Disney's 1995 feature Pocahontas. During his time as the lead animator for the Genie, he also provided the majority of the original animation for MC Skat Kat's "Big Time" music video, which was finished in 1992 but left unaired.

In 1997, Goldberg began plans to produce an animated short set to the music of Rhapsody in Blue. His film eventually became part of Disney's Fantasia 2000 after Goldberg was allowed to use the Disney staff to complete the film during a production hiatus on The Emperor's New Groove. He also served as director for Fantasia 2000's "The Carnival of the Animals" segment. Goldberg's wife Susan served as art director on both segments.

Goldberg not only served as the director of animation for Warner Bros.' 2003 live-action/animation hybrid feature Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he also provided the voices of Marvin the Martian, Tweety, and Speedy Gonzales. Although Back in Action wasn't commercially successful at the box office, it was met with relatively positive reviews from film critics, and Goldberg was nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production for his animation direction. He animated the title sequence of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 2006 remake of The Pink Panther, with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz and Friends.

Recently, Goldberg returned to Disney, where he directed four minutes of animation for the Epcot attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros and contributed to the 2007 animated short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, which starred Goofy. Most recently, he was the supervising animator for Louis in The Princess and the Frog and Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh.


Year Film Director Animator Actor Voice role Animation role Notes
1977 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Yes Assistant animator
1982 Ziggy's Gift Yes
1985 Rupert and the Frog Song Yes
1992 Aladdin Yes Genie
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler Yes Uncredited
1995 Pocahontas Yes
1997 Hercules Yes Phil
1999 Fantasia 2000 Yes Rhapsody in Blue
Yes Yes The Carnival of the Animals, Finale
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Yes
2001 The Magic Lamp 3D Yes
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Yes (animation director) Yes Yes Marvin the Martian,
Speedy Gonzales,
Tweety Bird
Boys Night Out Yes
2004 Fat Albert Yes
2005 Son of the Mask Yes
Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Yes Character layout
2006 Pink Panther Yes Title sequence
A Monkey's Tale Yes
Tom and Jerry Tales Yes TV series
Opening titles
The Fox and the Hound 2 Yes Direct-to-video
2007 The Chestnut Tree Special thanks
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater Yes Short film
2008 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection Yes Audio commentaries on The Cat Concerto, The Dot and the Line and Blitz Wolf
2009 Pups of Liberty Yes Lead animator
The Princess and the Frog Yes Louis the Alligator Annie Award for Best Character Animation in a Feature Production
2010 The 82nd Annual Academy Awards Yes Louis the Alligator Archive footage
Iron Man 2 Yes A.I.M Soldiers (voice)[5] Video game
2011 Winnie the Pooh Yes Rabbit
Tom and Jerry: Golden Collection, Volume One Yes (archival recording on disc two) Audio Commentary on The Cat Concerto
2012 Paperman Yes Final line animator/Academy Award winning short
Wreck-It Ralph Yes Additional visual development
2013 Get a Horse! Yes Head of animation/short film


  1. ^ Buhle, Paul. Jews and American Popular Culture: Movies, radio, and television, p. 104. Praeger Publishers, 2007. ISBN 0-275-98794-9. Accessed August 25, 2011.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Gaul, Lou. "FILM CLIPS Animator Eric Goldberg: This 'Pooh' is an uplifting work", Burlington County Times, July 12, 2011. Accessed August 25, 2011. "According to Goldberg, who was born in Levittown, Bucks County, and in 1961 moved to Cherry Hill, much of the visual beauty in “Winnie the Pooh” results from employing an artistic old-school process."
  4. ^ Staff. "Cherry Hill native puts toon in 'Looney Tunes'", Courier-Post, November 14, 2003. Accessed August 25, 2011. "When Eric Goldberg was a student at Cherry Hill High School East in the early 1970s, he used to decorate classmates' notebooks with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck."
  5. ^ Eric Goldberg - Voice Chasers Retrieved May 31, 2012

External links

  • Eric Goldberg at the Internet Movie Database
  • Eric Goldberg's first visit to CalArts' Character Animation Program (Fall'05)
  • Eric Goldberg's second visit to CalArts' Character Animation Program (Spring '06)
  • Animated News' Interview with Goldberg (2005)
  • From Script to DVD interview
  • Eric Goldberg on Voice Chasers
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