Dan Lund (Director) has been an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1989. He has contributed to dozens of classic features including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” as well as “Pocahontas”, “The Lion King”, “Tarzan”, “Mulan, ” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Recently, he served as Effects Design Lead on 2013’s Academy Award®-winning “Frozen, ” the biggest animated film of all time.
Outside of the studio system, Dan has been very active in bringing non-Disney themed projects from concept to completion including the award-winning documentary “Death Becomes Them: The Musical” (Best Director, New York Film Fest) and “Dream On Silly Dreamer” (Certificate of Merit ASIFA AWARDS). His love of underground theater led to a collaboration with writer Patricia Scanlon that resulted in the animated series of shorts “Hildy Hildy.”
His current project features the unheard song “Aria for a Cow” from the Academy Award®-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Dan says, “Sarah Ashman Gillespie (Howard Ashman’s sister) took a huge leap of faith in saying yes to my request…and all she asked was that I give just a little love to a cow needing some respect.” Nothing could give Dan more creative pleasure than doing just that, giving respect to the art of theater, animation, film, story, music and the process of putting on a show.