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Disney Animator & Director Tony Bancroft Joins The Grindhouse Radio

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

Tony Bancroft the Director of Disney's Animated Mulan Joins The Grindhouse Radio​

The Animator / Film Director appears as this Week's Celebrity Guest

on Long Island’s #1 Radio Station and Podcast​

LEVITTOWN, NY – (November 3, 2020) – Disney Film Director and Famed Animator - Tony Bancroft, who directed the legendary animated Disney feature, 'Mulan' and responsible for the beloved characters Pumbaa (Lion King) and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast) will be joining this week's episode of, The Grindhouse Radio. Bancroft joins Brimstone, Kim Adragna, Steve ‘Zambo’ Zambito, and Tom Greer to discuss his latest projects, talk animation, life working with Disney and beyond. Bancroft also talks about his role in The Emperor's New Groove - and what is coming in the near future. Tune in to this week's episode on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 starting at 7pm EST | 4pm PST via the GHR Official Website (, or any of over 25 syndicated networks including iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcast.

About Tony Bancroft:

Tony Bancroft has spent the past 16 years developing his skills as an Animator/Director with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Imageworks, and currently with Toonacious Family Entertainment, his own animation studio. Bancroft was accepted into the exclusive, Disney-sponsored California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts) after graduating from high school in 1987. While there, his work caught the attention of Walt Disney Studios. He was offered a position in the prestigious Feature Animation division in 1989.

Following his work on such feature length productions as "The Rescuers Down Under", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Aladdin", Tony was appointed Supervising Animator on the 1992 Academy Award winning feature "The Lion King", and was responsible for creating, designing and overseeing the animation of Pumbaa, the warthog. His exemplary work led, at the age of 30, to the opportunity to co-direct Disney's 36th animation masterpiece, "Mulan". "Mulan's" 1998 release grossed over $300 million worldwide. It earned Tony an Annie Award for Best Director, the animation industry's highest honor. He was also the Supervising Animator of the character Kronk in Disney's Christmas 2000 release of "The Emperor's New Groove".

Tony also served as the Animation Director for Sony Pictures' summer 2002 release, "Stuart Little 2" and, in 2003, was voice director of the English language version of the Miyasaki film "Porco Rosso" through Walt Disney Studios. In 2001, with his two partners, Tony started Toonacious Family Entertainment, as Executive VP/Creative Production. Using his 16 years experience in the animation industry, Tony has helped to make Toonacious an animation studio committed to producing quality family entertainment.

Along with developing their own projects, Toonacious, through his direction, successfully completed Disney's "Thumper's Story-time", a Lilo and Stitch short, "The Origin of Stitch" and is currently involved with Disney's direct-to-DVD "Tinkerbell" project.. Please keep up with everything he does via his Official Social Media below.

Follow Tony Bancroft on Social Media:

Instagram: @Pumbaaguy

Twitter: @Pumbaaguy1

About The Grindhouse Radio:

The Grindhouse Radio is an internationally syndicated, award-winning, pop culture ‘talk-radio style’ podcast series. GHR is conveniently available on over 25 Digital outlets and Terrestrial radio networks, has a listenership of between 3.5 to 4 million weekly worldwide and offers a weekly celebrity guest. GHR covers a variety of topics including pop culture related news, food, comics, music, geeky gadgetry, sports, movies and SO much more perfectly blended into a 2-hour show. The Grindhouse Radio releases new episodes every Thursday night at 7pm EST | 4pm PST. To learn more about GHR and the cast, please visit:


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