David Burgess

Animation Supervisor
Animal Logic Vancouver

David Burgess has been a professional animator since 1984 and is currently an Animation Supervisor at Animal Logic in Vancouver. He started as a 2D animator working on television classics like the Smurfs and went on to work at Disney Animation on hits like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Dave transitioned to 3D animation at DreamWorks Animation and worked on Shrek 2 and Trolls. A fun fact about Dave is that he’s closely tied to Canada, having gone to school and gotten his first job there, so everyone thinks he’s Canadian. (He is in fact from Newport, California.) He is also one of the original mentors at Animation Mentor, and has been teaching aspiring animators since 2005! Dave currently teaches Advanced Acting, the fifth Core Character Animation Course at Animation Mentor.

David’s Credits

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


The Lion King

Beauty and the Beast

Recent Films

  • DC Super Pets
  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Trolls
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman
  • Turbo
  • Megamind
  • Monsters Vs Aliens
  • Over The Hedge
  • Shrek 2
  • Madagascar

Disney Films

  • Tarzan
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Lion King
  • Aladdin
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Rescuers Down Under

Short Films

  • Real Inside
  • Leonardo


  • Garfield and Friends
  • Paw Paws
  • Garfield in Paradise
  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
  • Garfield in Disguise
  • The Smurfs

Courses Taught By David

Courses may vary from term to term.


12-Week Course

Tell a complex, two-person story with dialogue.

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