Mostly Credited As: Rick Schneider
Country Of Birth: USA
Rick Schneider-Calabash has worked as an Artist, Writer, Producer and Director in both television and feature films.
He was a Co-Creator, Head of Story and Musical Sequence Director of Warner Bros. animated film CAT’S DON’T DANCE, starring Scott Bakula and Hal Holbrook and featuring original songs by Randy Newman and Natalie Cole. “Cats” won the Annie Award for Best Picture in 1997.
In 1998 and 1999 Rick received two Emmy nominations and won a Silver Angel Award for his work as a Producer and Director on Disney’s animated series 101 Dalmatians, which starred April Winchell and Michael McKeon.
In 2001 Rick worked with Studio Chairman Roy E. Disney to Write and Direct Disney's Emmy Award-winning animated series, House Of Mouse, which featured James Woods and John Cleese. Rick subsequently earned a Golden Reel Award for his work on the Series. Rick was also a director on "Mickey's Magical Christmas" and "Mickey's House of Villains," two of the highest grossing Home Video releases of 2001.
Due to Rick's expertise with Disney's classic characters, in 2002, he was recruited by Walt Disney Imagineering to act as Creative Consultant on the 3-D computer animated musical featurette, MICKEY’S PHILHARMAGIC. This unique attraction made its debut on the largest screen in the world at Disneyworld in 2003.
In 2005, Rick formed his own company, Scarab Productions, Inc., and soon partnered with The Zanuck Company. There he worked with legendary producing team Richard D. Zanuck and Dean Zanuck developing a number of feature film projects. These included "Goosetown", "Jesters", "The Amazing Henry", "The Rise and Fall of Arbogast J. Hogg" and "Little Ludwig".
Rick is currently (2013) Producing and Writing, Little Ludwig, a Beethoven themed rock opera, with The Zanuck Company, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros. Pictures.
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The character Max Schneider (played by Rick Moranis) in the animated series Gravedale High is named after Rick Schneider.
The character Cranston the Goat in Warner Bros. animated feature Cats Don't Dance is based on Rick Schneider.
Rick got his start in family entertainment at age 14, by designing and building "The Neighborhood of Make Believe" sets for a stage performance featuring the cast of Mister Rogers. At the close of the show he was called on stage and presented with a super 8 moviola by producer, David Newell, better known as postman Mr. McFeely.
Though Rick made his own animated films while still in his early teens, his first professional experience in animation came by creating cartoon characters for advertising campaigns for General Mills and KFC.
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