Gary A. Trousdale (born June 8, 1960) is an American film director. He frequently directs films with Kirk Wise. Trousdale was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1985 as an effects animator on The Black Cauldron. He gained true prominence in his field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. He later directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001).