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Creator / Phil Nibbelink

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Phil Nibbelink is an animator who started out working for Disney during the 1980s, as a character animator on The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

He later left Disney to work with Steven Spielberg, co-directing An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story at Amblimation alongside Simon Wells, and working as an animation director on Casper.


After Amblimation closed down, Nibbelink started making independent flash-animated projects by himself, most notably Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss.

Tropes found in his work

  • Creator Cameo: Appeared as one of the guards in The Black Cauldron, and provided character voices in his independent projects.
  • Doing It for the Art: Most obviously demonstrated with Sealed With a Kiss. One doesn't spend four years writing, directing, and animating a feature film singlehandedly for nothing.
  • Lighter and Softer: Deliberately made Sealed With a Kiss to be more kid-friendly than the majority of other films at the time.
  • Limited Animation: His early indie projects such as Puss in Boots and Leif Ericson were made using an early form of flash that involved scanning drawings into a computer and adding warping effects to give the illusion of movement, resulting in them being very awkward to look at. Thankfully, Sealed With a Kiss has a lot more fluidity to it due to using more advanced software.
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  • No Budget: None of his indie projects cost more than two million to make.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Since his indie projects were done for a very low budget, they all use royalty-free stock soundtracks.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was originally going to be involved with Balto, but had to drop out due to finishing We're Back! and working on Casper. This could be the reason why Balto has a more dramatic and less cartoony feel to it than the other two Amblimation films which Phil co-directed.
    • He was also going to co-direct Amblimation's cancelled adaptation of Cats, before Spielberg closed down the studio to help found Dreamworks Animation.


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