Bruce W. Smith was one of my biggest, modern animation heroes as a kid and I didn’t even know it. I noticed his magic first, seeing his directorial debut, Bebe’s Kids. Next he switched it up as Animation Director of the classic feature, Space Jam. His work as Supervising Animator of Kerchack from Disney’s Tarzan. Then later, Pacha, from The Emperor’s New Groove. Finally, he left his mark on me with TV animation when he created The Proud Family. He came back to the fold to display his signature flair as Supervising Animator of Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.
One of the great, 2D animators of color in feature and TV played huge role in my belief of carrying the tradition of high quality & professional representation in the animation medium. :-)