Ruben Azama Aquino is a Filipino-Japanese American character animator and supervising animator who formerly worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His work has included several Disney characters, including Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, Simba as an adult in The Lion King, Chief Powhatan in Pocahontas, Shang in Mulan and Denahi in Brother Bear. In March 2013, it was announced that Aquino had been laid off, as well as 8 other animators who worked at the studio, including Nik Ranieri.
His style is easily recognized by his powerful figures and his extremely geometric facial movements.
He studied in Christ the King International School in Okinawa from kindergarten to high school and graduated in 1971. He attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and majored in Architecture.
Months later, he was able to enter Walt Disney Feature Animation's clean-up training program and after completing it, he worked on a 30-second animation test of Fflewddur Fflam from The Black Cauldron and submitted it to the review board. He was promoted to animating assistant and has been working for Disney since 1982.
|1981||Laverne & Shirley in the Army (TV Series)||Character Designer - 1 Episode|
|The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (TV Series)||Character Designer - 11 Episodes|
|1983||Mickey's Christmas Carol (Short)||Inbetween Artist - Uncredited|
|1985||The Black Cauldron||Animator|
|1986||The Great Mouse Detective||Character Animator|
|1988||Mac and Me||Alien Designer|
|Oliver & Company||Supervising Animator||Francis and Rita|
|1989||The Little Mermaid||Directing Animator / Supervising Animator||Ursula|
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||Supervising Animator||Jake|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Supervising Animator||Maurice|
|1994||The Lion King||Supervising Animator||Adult Simba|
|The Lion King (Video Game)||Special Thanks|
|1995||Pocahontas||Supervising Animator||Chief Powhatan|
|1996||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Additional Animator|
|1998||Mulan||Supervising Animator||Li Shang and Fa Li|
|2000||Fantasia 2000||Additional Animator|
|2002||Lilo & Stitch||Supervising Animator||Pleakly and David Kawena|
|2003||Brother Bear||Supervising Animator||Denahi|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||Supervising Animator||Mildred and Mr. Willerstein|
|2009||The Princess and the Frog||Supervising Animator||Eudora and James|
|2011||The Ballad of Nessie (Short)||Supervising Animator|
|Winnie the Pooh||Animator|
|2013||Frozen||Additional Visual Development|