Don Hahn Executive Producer and Filmmaker
Don Hahn produced the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to receive a Best Picture Oscar® nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and to win a Golden Globe® for Best Picture. His next film, The Lion King, broke box office records all over the world to become the top-grossing traditionally animated film in Disney history and a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical. Hahn also served as associate producer on the landmark motion picture Who Framed Roger Rabbit (with Amblin’ Entertainment). His other films include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and the 2006 short, The Little Matchgirl, which earned Hahn his second Oscar® nomination.
Don made his directorial debut on Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary that chronicles the perfect storm of people and circumstances that led to Disney’s animation renaissance in the 1980s and ‘90s. The film played to rave reviews at film festivals in Telluride, Toronto, and the Hamptons, where it won the audience award for best documentary. It was released theatrically in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco in March 2010.
Don’s second documentary, Hand Held, was a personal undertaking and was in the making for several years. The feature length documentary chronicles the story of Boston Globe photographer Mike Carroll, from his horrific discovery of pediatric AIDS in Romanian orphanages to his subsequent 20-year odyssey, fighting against stultifying bureaucracy to bring aid to forgotten children half way around the world.
He is currently developing the stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie with director Tim Burton, and executive producing Disneynature documentaries. Hahn has also authored three books on the art of animation, including the 2008 book, The Alchemy of Animation, which provides the definitive account of how animated films are created in the modern age.
Don was born in Chicago and studied as a music and art major at Cal State Northridge.