NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - What do The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Lipscomb University have in common? Animation. A professor at the school with a Walt Disney background is helping make that happen.

Tom Bancroft worked for years for Disney and created Mushu the dragon in Mulan. Bancroft is now a professor of animation at Lipscomb University and creates a future for his students.

“At the very least, they’ll wind up working for Disney or Pixar or The Cartoon Network,” Bancroft said.

With the COVID pandemic, the hand-drawn cartoon lines are now needed more than ever in Hollywood.

Bancroft said he knows they’re not making live-action movies right now, but animation continues to go on. He said there’s never been a better time to get into animation, and in creative Nashville, it’s a Bugs Bunny, Sponge Bob free for all.

Haley Mullins graduates in May, and she’s ready to draw. She said it takes up her whole day. If she’s not drawing, she’s sleeping.


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