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Mike Peraza

Mike Peraza

Mike Peraza is an award-winning designer with 40 years of experience creating magic for Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Comics, Walt Disney Imagineering, LucasFilms, Hanna-Barbera, FOX Studios, MGM, Sony and Universal Studios. He has also worked with legendary filmmakers such as Tim Burton (class-mates at CalArts), Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and 8 of the 9 Old Men. From working asArt Director for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on the big screen or designing “DuckTales” for thesmall screen, Mr. Peraza’s talents have helpedshape the animation world, and usher in the fabledDisney Renaissance.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Mike knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age. His animation work for a local TV station solidi ed this dream and he set out west in 1973 to attend Art School at California Institute for the Arts, a university that Walt Disney himself established.During his frequent visits to the Walt Disney Studio he was offered a position in the new de-velopment program by Eric Larson. He turned down the offer but returned to CalArts a couple of years later at the invitation of Jack Hannah, Dean of the new Disney Character Animation Program. Through the Disney family’s generosity, Jack offered Mike a full scholarship. He also grew to know each Disney instructor on a 1 to 1 relationship as the new Teachers Aid. At theend of the year, students showed their work to an audience including Ron Miller, Lillian Dis-ney, Diane Disney, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson, Ward Kimball, Woolie Reitherman and other animation notables. Afterwards Mike found a note on his locker inviting him to come and work for The Walt Disney Studios, his dream job.

Mike went on to have a key hand in the concepts of animated features for lm, TV and gamesincluding projects such as: Fox and the Hound, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, TRON, The Little Mermaid, Return to OZ, Gummi Bears, Duck-tales, Chip and Dale, Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Return to OZ, Return to Neverland, Stuart Little, Junglebook 2, Tarzan 2, Alice in Wonderland and others. Mr Peraza’s recent assignments forWalt Disney Imagineering include CARSLAND, New Fantasyland, Shanghai Disney Resort, and PIXAR Pier.

Among awards Mike has received over the years are the Friz Freleng Award, The Lifetime Achievement Award by AFF, and The Disneyana Legend Award. He donates his time and mon-ey to Epilepsy Research in the hopes of someday nding a cure for children and parents.

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Chicago

Chicago

Jun 24, 25, 26, 27 • Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Chicago

Jun 24, 25, 26, 27 • Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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