| Don Duga has been at the forefront of American Animation for more than 40 years, having worked with some of the most prestigious Animation Studios in the world. He is a versatile animator, director and producer. His work includes but, is not limited to, UPA and RANKIN/BASS STUDIOS to commercials, SESAME STREET and feature films. Don has storyboarded such classic characters as Mr. Magoo and Underdog, and has worked on animated features such as “ THE LAST UNICORN,” “MAD MONSTER PARTY,” and “DAY DREAMER.”
The journey for Don began in 1958, when he studied with mentor, Don Graham, at California’s Chouinard Art Institute. After finishing school, Don took his talents to UPA Studios, but it was his time with Rankin/Bass Studios where Don took part in projects like “Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer,” “The Year without a Santa Claus,” “Mad Monster Party,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and of course “Frosty the Snowman.” As a Storyboard artist at Rankin/Bass Studios, Don specialized in laying out the essential frame work for the various film projects.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Don worked animating Commercials for various national companies. A relationship with Hostess Foods proved to be a large success for Don where he designed and brought to life such memorable characters as Twinkie the Kid, Captain Cupcake, King Ding Dong, and Fruit Pie the Magician.
POLESTAR FILMS and ASSOCIATED ARTS, a company DUGA cofounded along with animator, IRRA VERBITSKY, has won numerous awards, including the prestigious CARNEGIE MEDAL for Best Children’s film of the year and the ASIFA EAST AWARD for their work on “OWEN,” which was narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker.