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Matthew O'Callaghan

Matthew O'Callaghan

Matthew O'Callaghan was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. After attending the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts, he was hired by Disney. While there, he worked as an assistant animator, storyboard artist and ultimately became a supervising animator.

O'Callaghan's Disney animation credits include The Little Mermaid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Great Mouse Detective and Mickey's Christmas Carol. Outside of Disney, he also worked on The Pagemaster, Cats Don't Dance and Rover Dangerfield.

O'Callaghan went on to direct the theatrical animated short The Itsy Bitsy Spider, starring Jim Carrey, which he later developed into a television series for Paramount. He then teamed up with comedian Louie Anderson and created the award-winning series, Life with Louie for Fox. On both series he served as creator, executive producer, director, writer, story editor and character designer. Later, O'Callaghan worked as a computer animation supervisor on such Disney films as 102 Dalmatians, Inspector Gadget, Snow Dogs and Touchstone's Mission to Mars.

O'Callaghan's experience with quality character animation combined with computer graphics led him to create and direct the first Mickey Mouse CG test for Disney. The 30-second test was so well received that he was given his next assignment, directing the all-CG feature-length Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas. This project not only showcased the first CG Mickey, but featured the classic characters Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto, too.

O'Callaghan resides in Valencia, California with his wife and three children.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Matthew O'Callaghan Facts

OccupationDirector, Animator

Selected Filmography

Curious George
Open Season 2
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
Curious George: Sails with the Pirates and Other Curious Capers!
Curious George Vol 1 / Vol 2 /
Topolino Strepitoso Natale!
Boog & Elliot / Boog & Elliot 2 Cofanetto
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