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PHILO H. BARNHART (818) 752-1164


A highly successful product designer and artist with more than 20 years of progressively increasing responsibilities in creating original and classic characters for films, books, apparel, collectibles, fine art portraits, stage craft, special effects, comics, advertising, catalogs, holiday displays, licensing support, design guidelines, toys, costumes, computer graphics, store decorations, murals, furniture, masks, special events and music covers for world class entertainment, publishing and manufacturing companies. Over the past 16 years, these designs and characters have been an integral part of more than $112 billion in revenues and continue to represent a significant part of current and future sales.
Expertise includes outstanding creative, drafting for animation, teaching, designing, character development, painting, pattern drafting, sewing, millinery, Photoshop, Painter, set construction and prop making skills. A natural team participant and leader who enjoys a wide range of business relationships.


Independent Artist, North Hollywood, California 2003-Present

Projects include:

Animated interstitials for the documentary film "Store" (StarVehicle Productions, LLC).

Character development/design for the feature film project "Missy and the Magic Mansion" (American Biograph Films, Inc).

Production art and costuming for the feature film "Blood Legend" (Sterling Entertainment/Brain Damage Films).

Production art and special effects work on the feature film "Alien Holocaust" (Jeff Leroy, director).

"Bewitched" designs for product (Sony Pictures Classics), book illustrations for "Memories of a Munchkin" for release in 2005, movie poster for "The Dead Season" feature film, Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD cover design for release in 2006, interior design for actor Randal Malone, and paintings for gallery presentation.

The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, California 1987-2003

Senior Staff Artist I, Disney Consumer Products, Burbank, California (1995-2003)

Provided new portfolios of Disney characters for movies, softlines, hardlines and toys. Characters included: The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, Hercules, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, Beauty and the Beast, Jasmine, Snow White, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Sword in the Stone, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse (all classic characters), Lilo and Stitch, W.I.T.C.H., and The Incredibles.

Designed advertising, brochures, products and collateral materials for the following Disney licensees: Colorforms, Treasure Craft, Disney on Ice (Sells/Floto), Mattel, Hallmark, Roseart, Mr. Christmas, Disguise Inc., Formosa Toys UK, Applause, The Disney Store, Disney Press, Upper Deck, Marvel Comics, Walter Foster, Western Publishing, Mouseworks, Royal Doulton, Lenox and Bradford Exchange.

Book Illustrator, Disney Publishing, Disney Creative Development, Burbank, California (1991-1995)

Illustrated more than 2,000 books, magazines, comics, posters, brochures, training manuals, newsletters and advertising pieces using Disney characters and stories, including: Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse (all classic characters.

Key Assistant Animator/Character Designer, Disney/MGM Feature Animation, Orlando, Florida (1989-1991)

Prepared animation for training films for Euro-Disneyland, Roller Coaster Rabbit, Rescuers Down Under, Off His Rockers and Beauty and the Beast.

Character Key Assistant Animator, Co-Designer of "Ariel" in the Little Mermaid, Burbank, California (1987-1989)

Started as a Character Designer on The Little Mermaid and continued as a Character Key Assistant Animator throughout the film's production. Participated in the development of the characters Ursula, Sebastian and Ariel. The film went on to win two Academy Awards and generate more than $216 million worldwide.


, Canoga Park, California 1985-1987

Character Design, Animator and Key Assistant Animator

Participated in Filmation's production of Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. Provided animation, character designs and key assistant animation for the film, Happily Ever After.


Hanna Barbera, Hollywood
, California 1984-1985

Character Designer

Developed character models for the television shows The Smurfs, Galtar and the Golden Lance, The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo and The Paw-Paws.


The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, California 1983-1984

Key Assistant Animator, Disney Feature Animation

Worked on the featurette Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore and the feature film The Black Cauldron (character focus was on Princess Eilonwy, Gurgi and Fflewdur-Fflam).


Don Bluth Productions, Studio City, California 1980-1983

Key Assistant Animator

Worked on the Dragon's Lair; Dragon's Lair II, The Time Warp and Space Ace video games. Provided key assistant animation for the feature film, The Secret of NIMH.


Paramount, Marina del Rey, California 1979-1980

Effects Animator Assistant

Worked on special effects for the feature film, Star Trek, The Motion Picture.


Hanna Barbera, Hollywood, California 1977-1980

Key Assistant Animator (1979-1980)

Provided key assistant animation for the feature film, Heidi's Song.

Assistant Animator & Character Designer (1977-1979)

Worked on television shows, including Super Friends, Laff A Lympics, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Popeye, The Flintstones Christmas Special, Galaxy Goof-ups and Yogi's Great Space Race.



University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Graphic Design Program, 1975-1977


  • A.S.I.F.A. - Hollywood organization, annual animation art festival and fund raiser, 3-year Volunteer, produced drawings for sale
  • Awarded the Artist Achievement Halo for Outstanding Prop and Set Design
    by The Southern California Motion Picture Council, 2004
  • Los Angeles Student Film Institute, 5-year Advisor, Judge and Artistic Contributor
  • Renaissance Pleasure Faire, awarded "Best Costume - Nobility," Spring 1986
  • Various Sci/Fi & Media Conventions, won 1st & 2nd Place Awards, Costume Design/Construction and Robot & Interplanetary Vehicle Design and Construction
  • "Who's Who" among American High School Students, 1974-1975
  • Stagecraft for: The Masquer's Club, Pasadena Playhouse, Melrose Theater Association and Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1971-1975
  • Created themed holiday displays, 1995-2001


  • Brandes Art Institute, Instructor of Character Design, 1982
  • Disney Feature Animation, Instructor of Clean-up Animation Techniques, 1988
  • Disney/MGM - Florida, Taught Clean-up Techniques and Character Design Principles,
  • Disney Consumer Products Division, Taught Drawing of Disney's Princesses, 2002

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