A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Cook began making films when he was just ten years old. Inspired and encouraged by his father, who pursued his dream of becoming a full-time painter, Cook began experimenting with making his own films using the family super 8 camera. At age l2, he won two prizes in the local PBS-sponsored Young Filmmakers Festival with his horror genre send-ups, The Vampire and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A few years later, he even made his own cel animated film. During the summers, he would work at Opryland USA, where he and his brother were hired to draw caricatures of the guests.
In 1977, at the age of 18, Cook moved out to California to pursue a career in motion pictures. He studied at Columbia College in Hollywood and spent his spare time helping colleagues with their student films. An internship at Hanna Barbera gave him his start in animation and he soon found himself doing character assistant work.
In 1981, he joined Disney as an effects animator on the film, Tron.
He went on to animate or supervise effects for such other Disney projects as The Black Cauldron, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Additionally, he contributed animated effects to such live-action Disney projects as My Science Project and Captain EO (for which he created the major Domo stop-motion transformation sequence). In 1989, Cook was part of the original team to relocate to Disney's Florida animation studio.
Spending his working days at the Studio, Cook continued to experiment with making his own films in his spare time. A live-action project called The Temptor's Voice was his first solo project. This was followed by Off His Rockers, an innovative computer-animated short made by a group of Disney artists during their off-hours and released by the Studio in 1992.
Cook and his wife Ellie have four children - Peter, Joe, Hannah and Rebecca - ranging in age from 7-16.They make their home in Florida, where they have their own animal kingdom - three horses, one dog, three cats, an iguana, a mouse and some fish.
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|Birthplace||Nashville, Tennessee, USA|