Tens of millions have watched his movies, from The Lion King to Stuart Little to The Forbidden Kingdom and Mr. Peabody & Sherman and now fans in the Pacific Northwest will have the opportunity to see and meet legendary director Rob Minkoff when he attends Wizard World Comic Con Portland, February 18 and 19 at the Oregon Convention Center. Minkoff, who will be making his first Wizard World appearance, will participate in Q&A panels on both days.
The Palo Alto, Calif., native did animation work for Walt Disney Animation Studios beginning in the early 1980s, serving as supervising animator for The Great Mouse Detective in 1985 and character designer for The Brave Little Toaster two years later. Minkoff put his talents to use on hits The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast before directing The Lion King alongside Roger Allers, before moving to live action films Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, The Haunted Mansion, The Forbidden Kingdom and Flypaper between 1999-2011. In December, The Lion King was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The aggregate box office on his films is near $2 billion.