Exclusive Interview With ‘Finding Dory’ Supervising Animator Michael Stocker

Michael Stocker with Gephardt Daily's Tony Toscano / Photo Courtesy: Tony Toscano

SALT LAKE CITY, June 15, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Michael Stocker has been drawing for a long time.

He joined the team at Disney/Pixar in 1994 as an “inbetweener” animation trainee on “The Lion King.” Since then, Stocker has worked on such Disney/Pixar classics as 1997’s “Hercules,” 1999’s “Tarzan,” 1999’s “Fantasia 2000” and 2000’s “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

In 2004, he was hired full time by Pixar as an animator, working on films such as that year’s “The Incredibles,” 2006’s “Cars,” 2007’s “Ratatouille and 2009’s “Up.”

In 2010, Michael Stocker became directing animator for “Toy Story 3” and “Monsters University” (2013).

For “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” Michael Stocker took on the task of supervising animator, and oversaw all aspects of the animation and computer processes for the the film.

I had the opportunity to chat with Michael Stocker about the new film which opens this Friday.

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