Tom Bancroft has over 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards. At Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to animate on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous commercials. Some of the films include, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Mulan. Bancroft was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions. His popular character design book, Creating Characters with Personality is used by art schools all over the world. Additionally, Bancroft has illustrated over 50 children's books.