Dan Haskett
Daniel A. Haskett

(1952-08-20) August 20, 1952 (age 70)
Years active1969–present
Known forBeauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid
Tiny Toon Adventures

Daniel A. Haskett[1] (born August 20, 1952) is an American veteran animator who, according to Variety, was one of a "group of young animators trained by Disney's 'Nine Old Men' that were confined to one small room in the Disney Feature Animation Building in the 1970s."[2][3]

He started his career in 1969 when he graduated from the High School of Art and Design, and the first thing he did was a commercial for a coffee called Brim, and, according to him, it was "very psychedelic".[4][5]

Haskett was worried when he first entered the company in 1977 due to Disney's reputation at that time.[6]

He designed the character Belle for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as well as Ariel for The Little Mermaid,[7] and Tod as an adult for The Fox and the Hound. Haskett also did earlier designs for Ursula; some were inspired by singer Patti LaBelle, and the character's hair almost looked like fins.[7]

Haskett was the main designer of the characters Minerva Mink for Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs and Radio AAHS's mascot disc jockeys Ozzie and Kazoo. Haskett also has credits for Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Toy Story, The Pagemaster, The Prince of Egypt, Sesame Street and The Simpsons.

He has been drawing characters for Looney Tunes since 1979 and has recently worked as a character designer for the web series Looney Tunes Cartoons.[8]

Notable credits


  1. ^ Witch-ay Woman - The Internet Animation Database
  2. ^ Flores, Terry (November 18, 2015). "Iron Giant' Screening, Rat's Nest Reunion Highlights of 2015 CTN Animation Expo". Variety. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  3. ^ milligan, Mercedes (November 30, 2019). "Hand Drawn' Documentary Crowdfunds Final Round". Animation Magazine. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Corner Booth Interview with Dan Haskett". 2018-01-22. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  5. ^ a b Legend DAN HASKETT Talks Tiny Toons, Simpsons and The Future of Animation
  6. ^ Dan Haskett (Podcast). The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast. 2020-07-03.
  7. ^ a b Acuna, Kirsten (July 13, 2019). "How 'The Lion King' codirector, a drag queen, and one of Disney's greatest animators helped bring 'The Little Mermaid' villain to life". The Insider. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Plummer, Alan (May 26, 2020). "Talking Looney Toons Cartoons with Producer with Pete Browngardt". Nuke The Fridge. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  9. ^ @ani_obsessive (26 February 2020). "Cat's Can (1986), dir. Dan HaskettThis famous Sesame Street short was created by Dan Haskett, a veteran animator…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ @cartoonbrew (17 January 2019). "Rough model drawings of Elmyra, Babs, and Buster by Dan Haskett, an underappreciated artist who has had a hand in s…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.