Walt Disney Animation Studio continues to produce high profile animated films with Frozen 2 on the horizon and Raya and the Last Dragon recently announced. Of course the animation juggernaut is unlikely to stop anytime soon, especially now that it was announced that they’ve hired four directors to create new films. The four in question are Disney veteran Josie Trinidad and Marc Smith, alongside Blindspotting director Carlos Lopez Estrada and Unlovable director Suzi Yoonessi.
The announcement was made by the animation company’s chief creative officer Jennifer Lee. Lee expressed this decision as a way for Disney to be more inclusive and diverse when it comes to their film crew. In a statement, Lee claimed, “We aim to have Walt Disney serve as the premiere home for filmmakers interested in telling engaging stories within the limitless animation medium.” Dhe also expressed a ton of excitement for each of the new directors, citing Carlos Lopez Estrada and Suzi Yoonessi as very inventive filmmakers. She also cited Marc Smith and Josie Trinidad as very creative additions to direct a film due to how they’ve helped shaped recent hits like Zootopia.
To see these directors be a part of Disney is incredibly exciting for their future careers. Carlos Lopez Estrad gained a ton of critical acclaim for Blindspotting, even receiving a Directors Guild Award nomination for best first-time directing. Suzi Yoonessi also received a lot of acclaimed for her work on both Unlovable and Dear Lemon Lima. Not to mention the incredible work already done by Smith and Trinidad on Disney’s current CGI line-up. This decision will make for an exciting time for the future of Walt Disney animation.