KC Art Institute grads helped create Disney’s Oscar-winning ‘Frozen’

03/03/2014 11:42 AM

03/03/2014 4:33 PM

All that cheering today at the Kansas City Art Institute is for two alumni – Paul Briggs and Scott Peters – who were part of the team that created “Frozen,” which won on Oscar on Sunday.

Briggs, a Texas native who graduated in 1996, is a story supervisor at Walt Disney Animation and worked as head of story on “Frozen.”

Peters, who graduated in 2002 and taught as a special instructor in KCAI’s animation program from 2006 to 2008, worked as a character technical director on “Frozen.” He’s worked for Disney since 2012.

Watch the Disney team celebrate the announcement of its Oscar



In a recent profile for the school Briggs talked about working on the animated feature, very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Snow Queen,” about two sisters.

“I know a lot about that, since I have four of them,” said Briggs, the son of an architect whose family moved frequently because of his dad’s work.

“I think the story is the most compelling one I’ve worked on at Disney.”

He explained that being head of story on a project like “Frozen” involves managing the team of story artists who bring the director’s vision to life on the big screen.

His career with Disney began in his senior year at KCAI when he scored an internship with Disney Animation and worked on “Mulan.” Except for jobs with Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon, he has been with Disney ever since.

A perk of his job: Having access to Disney’s rich animation research library. “Being able to flip through original Pinocchio animation is a definite employment bonus,” Briggs told KCAI.

“What’s more impressive are the amazing artists, storytellers and filmmakers I work with every day.”

Briggs, who also worked on the 2002 animated feature “Lilo Stitch,” is currently working on “Big Hero 6,” a Disney/Marvel Comics feature.

“I’m really excited to work on a Marvel superhero movie,” he told

Cartoon Brew

. “But finding a pure, emotional, universal truth that everybody can relate to is what excites me the most.”

KCAI grads don’t rest on their laurels.

After the Oscar win on Sunday, Briggs

tweeted: “Going back to work! :) #BigHero6”


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