Commentary Specialty: Character Animation, Cinematography, Sound Mixing
Favorite Disney Film: Fantasia(1940)
Favorite Disney Parks Attraction: Soarin’ (EPCOT)
Favorite Disney Quote: “You missed! How could you miss?! He was three feet in front of you!” – Mushu (as quoted in 1998’s Mulan))
A native (fully Puerto Rican) New Yorker with a burning passion for cutting-edge technology and Disney character animation, Jose Antonio “Tony” Lopez joined the honorary team of commentEARS in the Fall of 2014 for the “Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” commentary track, and has since recorded and mixed several episodes of the “Something to Think About” series and sessions for “The Small One”, “Pocahontas”, “Home on the Range”, and “Pinocchio”.
Raised almost exclusively on a diet of classic and contemporary Disney films, Tony claims the animation bug took a huge bite at the tender age of 3, and after one viewing of Glen Keane’s widely celebrated transformation scene from “Beauty and the Beast” (in its rough form), he’s been aiming high in regards to the quality of his artwork ever since, consistently referring to the work of master animators Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Milt Kahl. All throughout high school and the years that followed, he explored non-linear video editing, sound mixing, and storyboarding in complete service to his dreams of becoming an independent filmmaker, and in 2012 trained under the wing of the accomplished directing animator, Brad Marques, formerly of League of Legends’ Riot Games.
He is now a fully devoted (self-taught) student in the art of storyboarding and traditional character animation, with the hopes of one day joining the ranks at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and spends most of his free time editing personal video projects, analyzing the visual compositions of his favorite films, or laughing himself silly– within an inch of his life– at the likes of the Game Grumps and Markiplier.