Alex Kupershmidt
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Biographical information
Full name

Alexander Kupershmidt


January 27, 1960


Lviv, Ukraine

Career information





The Lion King

One of the things the directors asked for is that they came across as sort of mad clowns. You know, that sorta kinda like evil, but funny, but evil, but funny, but evil thing.
―Kupershmidt on the hyenas[1]

Alex Kupershmidt is a Ukrainian animator. He served as the supervising animator for the hyenas in The Lion King.


Early life

Kupershmidt was born in Lviv, Ukraine. As a young adult, he relocated to the United States, where he graduated from New York's School of Visual Arts in 1982.


After graduation, Kupershmidt worked for the Walt Disney Company, designing characters for their Orlando-based marketing department. He worked in Orlando until the studio closed in 2004, after which he relocated to Disney's Burbank operation.

Kupershmidt's Disney debut was Roller Coaster Rabbit, which was closely followed by roles in both Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. He served as the supervising animator for several Disney characters, such as Khan and General Li in Mulan, Stitch in Lilo & Stitch, and Koda in Brother Bear.

For The Lion King, Kupershmidt worked alongside fellow supervising animator Dave Burgess to animate the hyenas.

External links


  1. The Making of The Lion King Part 1. Retrieved on July 18, 2018.
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