Kung Fu Panda: Dan Wagner

DAN WAGNER (Head of Character Animation) has worked on a majority of DreamWorks animated films since serving as an animator on the character of Older Moses in DWA’s debut feature “The Prince of Egypt” and on Tulio in the studio’s second film “The Road to El Dorado.” Next up, he worked as supervising animator on the title character in “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” and on the character of Eris in “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.”

Wagner then served as an animator on PDI/DreamWorks’ “Shrek 2,” the sequel to the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster, and as an additional supervising animator on the worldwide hit “Madagascar.”

Wagner had come to DreamWorks from Warner Bros. animation, where he was the supervising animator on Devon and Cornwall, the two-headed dragon, in “Quest for Camelot.” He also worked on “Space Jam,” which blended live-action and animation.
A native of Canada, Wagner is a self-taught animator who started animating when he was only eight-years-old. He began his professional career at age 16, spending summer vacations working at Ken Perkins Animation in Winnipeg. Over the next 10 years, he had stints at several animation houses, working on both film and commercial projects. His first job as a supervising animator for an animated feature was on the characters of Chamberlain and King William in “The Swan Princess.”

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