Veteran Animator Eric Goldberg Joins USC Film School Faculty

'Aladdin' (1992)

Williams voiced the Genie in Disney's classic Oscar-winning animated feature Aladdin, which earned the actor a special award at the Golden Globes in 1993.

The animator behind some of Disney's biggest films will begin teaching in the fall of 2015.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts announced Tuesday that leading animator Eric Goldberg will join the school's animation department in the fall of 2015.

Goldberg is known for animating some of Disney's most classic characters. His work with Walt Disney Animation Studios began with supervising animation for Robin Williams' Genie in Aladdin. His other credits include directing the studio's Pocahontas and two sequences in Fantasia 2000 and supervising animation of characters in Hercules and The Princess and the Frog.

He directed animation for Looney Toons: Back In Action for Warner Bros. and worked on New Line's Son of the Mask and Fox's Fat Albert, but he returned to Disney to work on projects including 2011's Winnie the Pooh and the Oscar-winning short Paperman and nominee Get A Horse! He's currently working on animation for the studio's 2016 island-themed feature Moana.

He will teach classes in the fundamentals of character animation in the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at USC.

Says the John C. Hench Division chair Tom Sito in a statement, "We are thrilled that Eric is coming aboard. His incredible talent, and vast knowledge of character animation gleaned from years working with such masters as Chuck Jones, Richard Williams, Ken Harris, Tissa David and Art Babbitt will be an invaluable resource to our program."

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, which The Hollywood Reporter ranked the best film school in the country in 2014, has teaching faculty in the John C. Hench Division including Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), Eric Hanson (The Fifth Element) and Sito, who worked with Goldberg on Aladdin and Pocahontas