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James Schlenker

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts


Jim Schlenker, a 15 year Disney veteran, began his animation career after graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  Starting out as a background painter and layout artist he has styled numerous television shows, contributed to feature films and direct to video projects.  

During his career, he has worked for Filmation, Hanna-Barbara, DIC, Warner Brothers, Bagdasarian Productions, Mihan Productions, Universal Animation Studios, Disney TVA, Disney Features, and is currently working at DisneyToon Studios in visual development and set design. He has also taught classes and workshops at Laguna College of Art and Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Santa Monica College, Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Publishing – Italy, Associates In Art, Art Academy of Los Angeles, and Walt Disney Animation – Japan.