David A. Bossert is the Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He studied at the Character Animation program at CalArts. He received a B.F.A. in Animation from the CalArts School of Film/Video in Valencia, CA. Among his classmates were Joe Ranft, Butch Hartman, Ralph Eggleston, and Ann Telnaes, among others.
Mr. Bossert has contributed his talents as a visual effects animator to such films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules, and many others. On the Academy Award-nominated shorts Runaway Brain & Lorenzo, as well as the feature film Fantasia 2000 he served as the Artistic Coordinator and Visual Effects Supervisor. Dave served as Associate Producer on the award winning & Academy Award-nominated Disney/Dali short film Destino.
Dave is an award winning Producer and Director. He has received a Special Achievement Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for Producing the DVD compilation Disney on the Front Lines. He also produced the 4 volume/8 Disc DVD collection of the award winning True Life Adventure films. David co-directed the short film One by One. He has directed numerous projects including The Cat That Looked at a King; 4- Winnie the Pooh Learning Adventure educational projects for Disney Home Entertainment and has produced and directed the multible award winning Pumbaa and Timon Safety Smart DVD series for Disney Educational Productions and the Underwriters Laboratories.
Bossert also serves as the Artistic Supervisor for the Disney Restoration Team and has overseen restoration on many of the Disney animated shorts and the recently restored features Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia, Snow White, Pinocchio, and many others.
In his role as Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios he is currently overseeing numerous other projects for various divisions across The Walt Disney Company globally.
Dave works in a variety of animation techniques including 2D, CG, & Live Action combinations; 3D & specialty projection formats. He was creative director & producer of the Disney animation Media used in the World of Color attraction at the Disneyland resort and was recently creative director & producer of the animation media for the Disney Dreams show at Paris Disneyland. Dave is currently working on several projects that combine animation & new technologies to create unique guest experiences.
Dave has co-authored the Disney Animated iPad App which is available at the Apple iTunes store. His first book, “Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life”, is being published by Disney Press on September 17, 2013 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
He is a past president of the Alumni Association at CalArts, but remains active on the CalArts Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clarita Ballet Company and is an active community volunteer.