Colin Stimpson is a British production designer and art director who has worked in the animation industry for more than twenty five years. During this time he has worked for most of the major studios, notably as  art director for Walt Disney Feature Animation and as production designer/art director for Illumination  Entertainment.


He has twice been nominated for an Annie award; in 2001 for his work on Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove  (Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design) and in 2013 for his contribution to The Lorax  (Character Design in an Animated Feature Production).


In 2019 Colin was also nominated for his work on The Grinch by the Art Directors Guild (Excelllence in Production Design Award).


Along with his full time career in animation Colin loves to illustrate books. His picture book Jack and the Baked Beanstalk got starred reviews for his thoughtful redux of the classic fairy tale and artistic renderings of 1930’s America. He has also worked closely with writer Martin Howard on a number of occassions. Two of their  joint projects have been optioned by major animated films companies and are currently in development.


When Colin is not travelling between London, Paris and Los Angeles he can be found in rural Surrey, with his family, his Golden Retriever and two ducks called Cheese and Quackers!






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production designer (Illumination) Present

The Secret Life of Pets 2
production designer and character designer (Illumination) 2019

The Grinch
art director and character designer (Illumination) 2018

The Secret Life of Pets
art director and character designer (Illumination) 2016

visual development artist (Illumination) 2015

Despicable Me 2
visual development artist (Illumination) 2013

The Lorax
character designer and visual development artist (Illumination) 2012

Gnomeo and Juliet
designer (Disney) 2011

Tinker Bell
art director (Disney) 2008

Kronk’s New Groove
production designer (Disney) 2005

Tarzan 2
background designer (Disney) 2005

The Emperor’s New Groove
art director (Walt Disney Feature Animation) 2000

background artist (Walt Disney Feature Animation) 1997

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
background artist (Walt Disney Feature Animation) 1996

additional art director (Stephen Spielberg’s Amblimation) 1995

We’re Back
additional art director (Stephen Spielberg’s Amblimation) 1993

An American Tail 2
background artist (Stephen Spielberg’s Amblimation) 1991

background artist (Disney) 1990

Ducktales the Movie
background artist (Disney) 1990