Don Crum has been working in the animation industry for 13 years. Born and raised in Williamston, Michigan, Don first attended Western Michigan University to study industrial design before transferring to the Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit. It was during his time in art school that Don became captivated by the art of animation.
After graduating in 1994 and working two years as an industrial designer in Minneapolis, Don was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation to work at the Orlando studio on the feature film, Mulan. Working in traditional hand-drawn animation, Don continued to work at the Disney studio on such films as Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear.
In 2004 Don was hired at Bay Area-based award-winning Pixar Animation Studios, where he transitioned to computer animation for the feature film Cars and the short film One Man Band. Over the last five years Don has animated characters in Ratatouille, Your Friend the Rat (animated short), WALL•E, and Up. He most recently completed work on a future animated short film and is currently at work on Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3.
Don lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Sue.
Associate Professor, Animation