- "The financial people are afraid that 2D is passe, and so the artists have let themselves be afraid of it too. Theyve forgotten that the most important thing is the story and the characters, not the format."
Daniel "Dan" Haskett, born in New York on August 20, 1952, is a veteran animator and character designer, who has worked on a variety of animated shows starting from the late 60s until today, notably with Disney.
Although his name might still be obscure, he has contributed to big popular American animation more than one could expect.
Notable animated work
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: layout artist. Also drew a series of drawings of the Chipettes all grown up.
- Animaniacs: designed Minerva Mink.
- Beauty and the Beast: designed Belle.
- The Chipmunk Adventure (animator).
- The Fox and the Hound: designed Tod.
- The Little Mermaid: designed Ariel.
- The Prince of Egypt (character designer)
- Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure: assistant animator. His first feature and how he got started in Hollywood.
- Sesame Street (animator)
- The Simpsons: character designer and animator. Helped to adapt the original Groening drawings to animation. You can spot his notably smooth animation (unlike how the rest of the series will be) in Some Enchanted Evening. Designed Edna Krabappel, Moe Szyslak, and Barney Gumble. Won an Emmy for his work.
- Toy Story (character designer)