ADG Awards: Ron Clements & John Musker Set For William Cameron Menzies Honor

Art Directors Guild

The Art Directors Guild said today that Oscar-nominated writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker will receive its 2018 William Cameron Menzies Award.

The award recognizes the filmmaking partners’ innovative artistic work on numerous Disney animated movies of the past 30 years including Moana, The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Great Mouse Detective. They will accept their hardware January 27 during the 22nd annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Both men began their Disney careers in the 1970s as assistant animators on shorts — Clements with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974) and Musker with The Small One (1978).

“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.”

Clements and Musker shared Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations for writing and directing Moana (2016) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). Clements also picked up an Academy Award nom for 2002’s Treasure Planet.

Launched in 2016, The William Cameron Menzies Award is presented occasionally to honor an industry recipients who merit special acknowledgement. The duo’s award is particularly significant this year. as the guild — IATSE Local 800 — will debut its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film in recognition of the growing importance of animated features.

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