Eric Leighton

Birth: November 6, 1962

Animation Director at Leighton Productions, Inc.

Bio Summary:

Early Life/Family:
Born in San Diego, CA


Career Outline:
"Eric started his animation career as a Stop Motion Clay Animator on the Gumby TV show, then did Stop Mo commercial gigs for Henry Selick, then was animator & animation supervisor on Nightmare and then later, one of his biggest gigs was as co-director on Disney's computer animated Dinosaur. " (

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According to Body's blog, he gives great feedback as a director. Also, he seems open and flexible to any new ideas. Although very meticulous on how each movement works with a character's emotions, he is very supportive by giving constructive criticism to his animators. He is very organized and eases the uneasiness during crunch-time by giving the animators a schedule of what items needs to be worked on.



2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (animation director)
2009 Coraline (lead animator)
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (Video) (animation consultant)
1996 James and the Giant Peach (animation supervisor: pre-production - uncredited)
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas (animation supervisor) / (animator)
1991 Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions (TV Short) (animator)
1988 Gumby Adventures (TV Series) (animation director) / (animator - 1988)
2010 True Guardians of the Earth (Video documentary short) (animation director)
2006 Charlotte's Web (animation supervisor: Paramount)
2005 King Kong (animation director)
1990 RoboCop 2 (stop-motion technician: robot monster crew)
2000 Dinosaur (director)

Oscar (Nominated) Best Effects, Visual Effects
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Saturn Award (Nominated) Best Special Effects
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Annie (Nominated) Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production Dinosaur (2000)
VES Award (Nominated) Outstanding Animation in an Animated Motion Picture Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

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Esther Kim

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