Robert Minkoff, an award-winning director and producer, visited students at Syosset High School on April 29 to share his work and experience with animation. Students from the school’s trailblazing animation class – one of the few of its kind on Long Island – along with drama, art and television students, were on hand to listen to Minkoff discuss his experience in the industry and answer questions. During his visit, two fourth-graders from J. Irving Baylis Elementary School were also able to interview Minkoff about his experience.
A graduate of Cal Arts’ character animation program, Minkoff has won countless awards, including Oscars, Golden Globes, MTV Movie Awards and Grammys. He was hired in 1986 to work at the Walt Disney Studios animation department. He made his directorial debut with Roger Rabbit animated shorts “Tummy Trouble” and “Roller Coaster Rabbit” and his feature directorial debut with the “The Lion King.” Minkoff’s newest movie, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” hit theaters in the beginning of March. He has also directed and produced “Stuart Little 1 and 2,” “Haunted Mansion,” “The Forbidden Kingdom” and countless other animated and non-animated films and TV shows.