NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza is thrilled to welcome back animator and artist Philo Barnhart, who amazes fans with his quick draws of his classic characters including Ariel and Ursula from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, among many others. Commissions, signed prints, and original artworks can be purchased in our artists alley.
Artist and Animator Philo holds a very impressive resume. Over the course of his long career Philo has worn a number of hats in the film industry including key character design and assistant animation positions with Disney. Philo was the original character creator and animator for Ariel and Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and his first film work was on the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Some of Philo Barnhart’s work can be seen in other films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Black Cauldron, and The Secret of Nimh, along with late 20th century television series animation on Godzilla, G.I. Joe, and many others. Have you heard of Super Friends? He worked on that. Star Trek the Motion picture? He worked on that. Smurfs, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragon’s Lair? The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. YES he worked on all of them ! We could spend hours listing more titles and the answer would be “He worked on that too!”
A couple of his crowning jewels are The Secret of NIMH character key assistant and The Little Mermaid (character designer) / (character key). He also worked on Consumer Products for several years with Disney, and you can still find his artwork to this day still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel and posters!
Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. His Latest title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!™ Often he can be seen trapped with the Wanna Be Master of Horror Charles D. Moisant at conventions.
Philo Barnhart‘s career from 2013 to Present includes: Whispers From the VOID Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. (Illustrator, Character Design. Layout.) 2014 Punkin’s Imagination, (Story Boards) 2010-2014 Milwaukee Institute Of Art And Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Instructor of Traditional 2D Animation techniques.) 2008-2013 Miracle In The Meadows, Tom Hignite Studios (character design, layout, animation.) 1995-2003 Disney Consumer Products (Senior staff Artist) 1995 The Tale of Tillie’s Dragon (Short) (additional layout artist) 1991 Beauty and the Beast (key assistant animator: Gaston, Lefou, Lumiere, Footstool, Wardrobe – uncredited) 1984 Dragon’s Lair II: Timewarp (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1990 The Rescuers Down Under (character key) 1997 Happily Ever After (animator) / (key assistant animator) / (model designer) 1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit (Short) (assistant animator) 1989 The Little Mermaid (character designer) / (character key) 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (key assistant animator) 1986 An American Tail (key assistant animator – uncredited) 1985 Galtar and the Golden Lance (TV Series) (character designer – 1985-1986) 1985 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. (character designer) 1984-1985 The Smurfs (TV Series) (character designer – 50 episodes) 1985 The Black Cauldron (assistant animator) 1983 Space Ace (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1983 Dragon’s Lair (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (Short) (key assistant animator) 1983 Heidi’s Song (assistant animator) 1982 The Secret of NIMH (character key assistant) 1979-1980 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series) (assistant animator – 4 episodes) – The Trouble with Miss Switch (1980) … (assistant animator) – The Puppy’s Amazing Rescue (1980) … (assistant animator) – The Incredible Detectives (1979) … (assistant animator) – The Puppy’s Great Adventure (1979) … (assistant animator) 1979 The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (TV Series) (assistant animator – 1979) 1979 Star Trek The Motion Picture (Special Effects Animation Assistant – uncredited)