What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Hank Tucker, story artist for Disney Toons Studios in Glendale.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had two jobs before getting into animation: the first – lasting less than a month – was as a gas station attendant in Canoga Park, CA. The next – which figures heavily into how I got into animation (see below) – was as an apprentice editor at Columbia Pictures Television in 1974. I coded film, ground out leader and mag-track and carried dailies in a bike basket across the TBS (now WB) lot for shows like Police Story, Police Woman and Born Free – getting laughed at, yelled at and occasionally entertained by the likes of David Carradine, Yul Brenner, Angie Dickenson and The Doobie Brothers along the way. I was 17- 18. The job lasted 5 months until I was rightly jettisoned for confusion, inertia and chronic boredom…
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The projects I’m most proud of having been involved with: The Tick animated series for Fox which I produced and directed from 1995-96; Enchanted, which I boarded on for Kevin Lima at Disney and most recently the new Road Runner theatrical shorts for Matt O’Callahan at Warner’s.
How did you become interested in animation?
Around Christmas of ‘67 my mother dragged me to Disney’s The Jungle Book. I had hated Disney films more or less up to that point, being either scared or depressed by most of them and preferring Bugs any day of the week. But when I saw that tiger Continue…