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Mike Gabriel has been playing a key creative role at Walt Disney Animation Studios for over thirty years, working in a variety of capacities including director, animator, storyman, character designer, visual development, production designer and art director. In the latter capacity, he most recently helped to create some of the wildly imaginative and visually stunning gaming worlds for Disney’s Oscar®-nominated 2012 comedy adventure, “Wreck-It Ralph."
Gabriel has directed two Disney features – “The Rescuers Down Under” (1990) and the Oscar®-winning “Pocahontas” (1995) – as well as the Oscar®-nominated 2004 short, “Lorenzo.” For the latter, Gabriel designed the characters, storyboarded the film, painted all the backgro[...]
-Bill Kroyer, Director and Educator
"Mike Gabriel is one of the most gifted artists, animators and directors of his generation. His swift brushwork captures the subtle gestures of human figures, animal pets and even certain ripe fruits."
-Will Finn, Animation Artist
"Mike is a smart, fabulous artist. Lorenzo still strikes a responsive chord and takes my breath away.....He has always been an artistic leader in animation for as long as I have known him. He inspires the heck out of me."
-Ellen Woodbury, Former Disney Directing Animator and Current Fine Art Stone Sculptor
"Mike continues to dazzle in the Art Direction and Production Design roles he has taken on at Disney, bu[...]