David Tart

Animation Director
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David Tart has been a professional animator since 1995 and is currently the owner of RMAL (Rocky Mountain Animation Labs), an animation school for all ages in Durango, Colorado. David started his career at Pixar Animation Studios working on their first film, Toy Story. He previously worked at Blue Sky Studios and was the Animation Director for the Warner Bros. film, The Ant Bully. Fun fact – David lived part-time on a boat docked at the Berkeley Marina while working on Finding Nemo for Pixar. He teaches many courses at Animation Mentor including, Body Mechanics, Advanced Body Mechanics, and Introduction to Acting.

David’s Credits

Finding Nemo

Monsters, Inc.

Toy Story 2

Toy Story


  • The Ant Bully
  • Robots
  • Finding Nemo
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Toy Story 2
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Toy Story

Short Films

  • The Story of Animation – Director, Writer
  • Parrots Away
  • Tsunami
  • For the Birds
  • The Great Harlot and the Beast
  • Roommate Wanted

Television / Video

  • Brothers
  • Tinkerbell
  • Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare
  • Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby
  • Bump in the Night

Courses Taught By David

Courses may vary from term to term.


12-Week Course

Learn to animate realistic bipedal movement.

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Advanced Body

12-Week Course

Create exciting and dynamic action sequences.

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to Acting

12-Week Course

Make your characters come alive with emotion.

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