Ron Rocha – Animation Producer/Consultant
A 29-year veteran of the animation industry, Ron Rocha most recently produced the animated sequences in the Walt Disney Pictures hit film Enchanted. Rocha was a key member of the animation division at DreamWorks SKG. Rocha joined the DreamWorks animation team from its inception, to oversee the design and construction of the Animation Campus and to set up the production pipeline and systems. He was quickly promoted to the position of head of animation in January 1997, in which he supervised production on all the Company’s animated features including Antz, Shrek, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado and Spirit. As an in-house Producer he oversaw the development of Rajan, Holy Cow, Outlaws, The White Seal and The Selkie. A native of Los Angeles, Rocha studied music composing and arranging at California State University, Northridge, then started his career in the mailroom at Disney. He began work at Walt Disney Feature Animation as production coordinator in 1981. His initial projects included the EPCOT shows: “Suited for the Seas,” “Theater One” and “The Golden Dream” and the Tokyo Disneyland show, “Meet the World.” His later credits include the featurette “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and the feature films “The Black Cauldron,” “The Great Mouse Detective” and “Oliver and Company,” for which he co-wrote the song “Good Company.”
In 1987, he became a production manager for Disney on such varied projects as the “When You Wish Upon A Star” music video, the “Michael & Mickey” studio tour presentation, the Roger Rabbit theatrical short “Tummy Trouble,” and the groundbreaking feature films “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “Beauty and the Beast.” He also served as animation producer on the studio tour presentation of “Here Come the Muppets” and “Cranium Command” for EPCOT. From 1992-94, Rocha served as head of animation production at Hyperion Entertainment, where he supervised the overseas production of the feature, “Bebe’s Kids” and produced the television series “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Prior to joining DreamWorks, Rocha spent a year with Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation company overseeing the animation studio’s relocation from London to Los Angeles. When DreamWorks SKG was founded in 1994, Rocha was asked to come on board to join a core group of artists, producers and directors to start up the new animation studio and prepare for the production of their first feature, “The Prince of Egypt.” Rocha served as associate producer on the film.