Tony Bancroft assistant professor and program director, of APU's Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects, was recently interviewed by the Christian Post about his new project, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, an animated, modern retelling of Snow White. Bancroft, who served as voice director for the film, said that in an image-obsessed society, Red Shoes highlights the importance of inner beauty.
The film follows the journey of Snow White who is transformed into a princess after stealing a pair of red shoes from her evil stepmother. A witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother and, along the way, learn a valuable lesson. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs premiered on digital and On-Demand September 18, and on Blu-ray, and DVD September 22.
The following is an excerpt from the Christian Post interview:
"From a parent’s perspective, but also as a creator, I want to be responsible,” Bancroft added. “I want to be able to bring positive message storytelling to the world as much as I can. I'm going to keep doing that.”
Passionate about instilling values in the next generation, Bancroft teaches animation at Azusa Pacific University, a comprehensive Christian university in California.
“I'm trying to give back to the next generation of animators,” he said. “I try to hand down the importance of incorporating the principles of respect, morality, and kindness in film so that we can influence the future. I’m very hopeful about it.”
Prior to coming to APU, Bancroft worked for Disney Feature Animation, where he spent 12 years animating such films as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Emperor’s New Groove. Also at Disney, Bancroft co-directed the animated feature Mulan.
APU’s Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects trains students to become creative and competent storytellers and animators. The comprehensive cinematic arts curriculum includes animation and drawing classes as well as courses in storyboarding, character design and visual development, ensuring that graduates are competitive candidates for positions in industries such as film, television, and video game design.