Meet Johan Klingler

This academic year, PCA&D is delighted  to welcome animator Johan Klingler to our faculty. His career in animation has afforded Klingler the opportunity to work on many celebrated animated movie classics, animated TV series, video games, and comic books. Just a glance at his IMDB page and you’re sure to find something he has worked on that has resonated with you personally.

Klingler credits “Bambi” as being the animated movie that influenced him most to become an animator. However, as an average young artist, Klingler knew he had to work harder and longer than his peers to achieve his dream of working in animation. Klingler’s hard work and dedication would eventually be rewarded with a fruitful career while earning the respect of some of the industry’s greats along the way.

Before working on animated classics during the Disney renaissance of the ‘90s, Klingler studied at New Jersey’s Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Design. He then went on to study Character Animation and CG Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

During his time at CalArts, Klingler and a friend took a short trek to Burbank, Calif. to visit Sullivan Bluth Studios. This trip would jumpstart both of their careers as professional animators, landing jobs at the studio that created “The Land Before Time” and “An American Tail” in the years prior. Klingler quickly got started as a character cleanup artist and began his professional training working on All Dogs Go to Heaven in 1989.

A short time later, Klingler got the call from Disney. Leaving Sullivan Bluth was a difficult decision for Klingler but with the blessing of his bosses, Don Bluth and John Pomeroy, Klingler joined the renowned team of Disney animators during a period of resurgence. Klingler’s Disney credits include “The Rescuers Down Under”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Tarzan”, and “Treasure Planet”.

Passionate about sharing his knowledge with the next generation of artists, Klingler became an instructor. After 11 years at the Art Institute of Dallas, Klingler currently serves as Associate Professor here at PCA&D. Klingler believes serving and influencing the next generation of animators is a privilege. He enjoys passing down his industry knowledge gained from his years among the animation legends at Sullivan Bluth and Disney.