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Ruben’s first job in animation was as trainee in Farmhouse Films (Honolulu, Hi), 1979-80.
He then moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and worked for Hanna-Barbera Studios in models and layout department (1980-81). Ruben then went to Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1982.
Ruben has worked on:
“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” 1982 (clean-up inbetweener)
“Black Cauldron” 1985 (animator)
“Great Mouse Detective” 1986 (animator)
“Oilspot & Lipstick” 1987 (CG short, animator)
“Oliver & Company” 1988 (supervising animator, worked mostly on Francis the Bulldog)
“The Little Mermaid” (1989; supervising animator, Ursula the Seawitch)
“Rescuers Down Under” (1990; supervising animator, Jake the Kangaroo Mouse)
“Beauty & the Beast” (1991; supervising animator, Maurice,Belle’s dad
“Lion King” (1994; supervising animator, adult Simba)
“Pocahontas” (1995; supervising animator, Chief Powhatan)
“Mulan” (1998; supervising animator, Captain Li Shang; won 1998 Annie Award for character animation– Captain Shang)
“Lilo & Stitch” (2002; supervising animator, Pleakley & David)
“Brother Bear” (2003; supervising animator, Denahi)
“Meet the Robinsons” (2007; supervising animator, Mildred and Mr. Willerstein; his first CG feature credit)
“The Princess & the Frog” (2009; supervising animator, Eudora & James)
“Winnie the Pooh” (2011; animator, Winnie the Pooh & Eeyore)