"Mulan" director to speak at Asbury

by Heidi Heater, a junior from Jackson, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—"Mulan" director Barry Cook conducts media workshops at Asbury College Jan. 31 at 10:45 a.m. in Reasoner 214.

Cook debuted as a feature film director with the animated Disney film "Mulan" in 1998. This feature received a total of nine Annie Awards. In addition, Cook received an award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing. Among his other credits, he directed two previous Disney shorts, including the computer animated "Off His Rockers" and "Trail Mix-UP," a short cartoon starring Roger Rabbit.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Cook made his first film at age ten. In 1981, he joined Disney as an effects animator on the film, "Tron." He animated or supervised effects for "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin," among others, before developing "The Tempter’s Voice," his first solo film.

After "Mulan," Cook developed other animated films for Disney, including his ode to Appalachian art and music "My Peoples" and "Skunk Ape," his first live-action film.

Currently, Cook serves as a juror for the Los Angeles Based Damah Festival. He and his wife Ellie have four children – Peter, Joe, Hannah and Rebecca – ranging in age from 16–26.

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