'Aladdin,' 'Moana' Directors Honored by Art Directors Guild

Ron Clements and John Musker will be recognized as ADG inaugurates a new award category.
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Ron Clements and John Musker — the Oscar-nominated directors behind Disney animated films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog and, most recently, Moana — will receive the Cameron Menzies Award for championing the art of animation from the Art Directors Guild. The honor will be handed out at the 22nd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 27, 2018, at Los Angeles' Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

"Both Clements' and Musker's love of animation have brought us legendary worlds of imagination," said ADG president Nelson Coates. "The ADG is thrilled to honor their efforts, talents and achievements as they continue to blaze creative trails in animation and to be leaders in Disney's artistic evolution over the decades. They are masters of their craft and part of the technical innovations in the art form."

This year, the guild is also debuting a new award category for production design in an animated feature film.

Clements' and Musker's work at Disney also includes Hercules and The Great Mouse Detective. Both men began their Disney careers in the 1970s as assistant animators on shorts, Clements with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too and Musker with The Small One.