George Scribner (born September 28, 1952) is an artist, director and animator that is best known for having directed the 1988 animated Walt Disney Animation Studios film For Pete's Sake and Oliver & Company.


Scribner was born and raised in the Republic of Panama, where he attended grade schools and drew his way through most of his classes. After attending The Bolles School in Florida, he majored in film at Emerson College in Boston and moved to Los Angeles to pursue animation and joined Hanna-Barbera Productions. He became an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in the mid 1980s and it is in 1988 that he directed Oliver & Company. He also directed the featurette The Prince and the Pauper, starring Mickey Mouse in a duo roll playing both himself and the Prince. After working on numerous other features, he was originally going to co-direct The Lion King.

He is currently the animation director for Walt Disney Imagineering where he has directed Mickey's PhilharMagic (uncredited), Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Scribner is currently documenting the expansion of the Panama Canal through a series of paintings that capture both the magnitude of the project as well as the unique culture and stories of the people of Panama. The paintings can be found on his official website listed below.

He worked as a director on an early version of the Pomp and Circumstance sequence for Fantasia 2000 where Donald Duck was to deliver jewel to the children of the Princes and Princesses of the Disney films. The idea was shelved.

While working at Hanna-Barbera he was story director on The Smurfs, The Biskitts, Challenge of the GoBots and Rock Odyssey.

Scribner is an accomplished painter who is known for painting ocean scenes.

He recently appeared in the 2010 documentary film Waking Sleeping Beauty.

He is a native to Panama City.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over assistant animator TV special
1981 ABC Weekend Specials animator Episode: "The Puppy Saves the Circus"
Trollkins animator
The Smurfs animator
The Kwicky Koala Show animator
A Chipmunk Christmas animator TV special
1983 The Biskitts layout artist
1984 The Transformers storyboard artist
1985 Challenge of the GoBots story director
1985–1987 CBS Storybreak storyboard designer


Year Title Role Notes
1979 For Pete's Sake director
1981 American Pop animator
Heavy Metal animator segment: "Taarna"
1982 Heidi's Song character animator
1985 The Black Cauldron animator
1987 Rock Odyssey animator
1988 Oliver & Company director
1990 The Prince and the Pauper director
1994 The Lion King additional story material
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic director/producer
2010 Waking Sleeping Beauty himself
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