Andreas Deja takes part of the big current artists of the Disney studios. As his colleague Glen Keane, he has knew how to impose his style in the course of the years impose and become one of the most respected animator by his generation.
Andreas Deja was born in 1957 in Gdansk in Poland. From 1958 he lived with his family in Dinslaken in Germany. The young boy is very fast attracted by Walt Disney's universe. First of all with comics towards the age of five, then while watching The Jungle Book in the cinema at the age of ten the young person Andreas fell in love with cartoon movies of the firm. Some years later he wrote to Disney studios to propose them his services as animator. Still not having ended his secondary studies the answer was naturally negative but this refusal motivated him. So he continues his studies in Folkwang-Schule, a school of graphic arts in Essen in Germany. At the age of 23 he proposes again his services to the Disney studios which this time accepts! It is in 1980 that the already talented young man makes his entrance to the studio where he dreamed so much to work for a long time.
Andreas Deja makes his classes with the veteran Eric Larson, one of Nine Old Men and begins to work on the creation of characters, the search for suits and the animation for The Black Cauldronbeside Tim Burton. He works then on The Great Mouse Detective, then in the creation and in the animation of some of the characters of Oliver and Company before spending one year in London as director of the animation on Who framed Roger Rabbit?
As director of the animation on The Little Mermaid, Andreas Deja supervised the animation of King Triton. He was then the director of the animation on Beauty and the Beast in 1991 for the character of the vain Gaston. He occupied the same post on the two next cartoons, Aladdin and The Lion King, and created the characters and the animation of Jafar and Scar. Runaway Brain over (the last short film on Mickey), Andreas Deja joins the team working on Hercules, then Fantasia 2000, Lilo and Stitch, Home on the Range and Bambi 2.
In 2007 he participates in the animated part of the film Enchanted in which he takes in charge the character of Queen Narissa before animating Goofy in his last short film, How to Hook Up your Home Theater. In 2008 Andreas Deja works on the animation of the future Great Classic The Princess and the Frog. The come back of the 2D in the Disney Great Classics will thus allow this great artist to return on the front of the scene, in our biggest enjoyment! Between these various productions he participates also actively in numerous making-of Great Classic such as that of Beauty and the Beast in 2002, The Lion King in 2003, Aladdin in 2004, The Little Mermaid in 2006, etc. Because besides being a great animator, Andreas Deja is also a big fan of the Disney animation feature films. If you want to know more about this great artist, I invite you to read this interview dating from his stay in Paris in 1995 (thanks to Ratgan from the Disney Central Plaza Forum for the link).
- The Black Cauldron (1985) : animator Taram and Eilowny- The Great Mouse Detective(1986) : animator of the Queen of the mice.- Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) : director of the animation of Roger Rabbit- Oliver and Company (1988) : character designer- The Little Mermaid (1989) : director of the animation of King Triton- The Prince and the Pauper (1990) : director of the animation of Mickey- Beauty and the Beast (1991) : director of the animation of Gaston- Aladdin (1992) : director of the animation of Jafar- The Lion King (1994) : director of the animation of Scar- Runaway Brain (1995) : director of the animation of Mickey- Hercules (1997) : director of the animation of Hercule adult- Fantasia 2000 (2000) : animator for Rhapsody in Blue + animator Mickey- Lilo and Stitch (2002) : director of the animation of Lilo- Home on the range (2004) : animator Slim et Junior- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004) : consultant animator- Bambi 2 : (2006) consultant animator Bambi- How to hook up your home theater (2007) : animator Goofy- Enchanted (2007) : animator Queen Narissa- The Princess and the Frog (2009) : director of the animation of Mama Odil
Here, some extracts from the Great Classics where the master's animation makes miracles :