Also known as Michael J. Spooner or J. Michael Spooner who lived in Los Angeles between 1971 and 1999 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in 1975. Michael began his art career in 1976 at Art Center College of Design at their illustration faculty (as a teacher). He taught there for 12 years while working as a freelance illustrator for PBS, Mazda, Zondervan Publishing, NBC Television and the National Football League. Michael has worked in the animation industry for over 25 years with such notable companies as Disney, Blue Sky, Dreamworks and Pixar. Michael ventured into animation as a Layout Artist with Ralph Bakshi’s feature production of Tolkien’s, 'Lord of the Rings'. Shortly after he worked with Filmation Studios on 'He-Man', 'Bravestar' and 'Fat Albert' and on the Bagdasarian feature, 'The Chipmunk Adventure'. As a Visual Development Artist and Designer at Walt Disney Television Animation, Michael helped set the style for such episodic shows as 'Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers', 'Talespin', 'Goof Troop', 'The little Mermaid', 'New Bonkers' and 'Aladdin'. He also worked on the direct-to-video production of 'Aladdin and the King of Thieves' and headed up the production layout team for 'A Goofy Movie'. With Warner Brothers Feature Animation, he Co-Art Directed, 'Quest for Camelot' and teamed with Walt Disney Feature Animation as a Visual Development Designer on 'The Emperor's New Groove', 'Dinosaurs', 'Treasure Planet' and 'Lilo and Stitch'. He also lent his design talents on Dreamworks 'Shrek'. Michael moved to the Chicago area in 1999 to become Director of Visual Development and Artist Education with Big Idea Productions, home of the popular CG animation video series, 'Veggie Tales'. He also served as Senior Art Director on various CG, direct-to-DVD productions, and Big Idea's first feature animated film, 'Jonah'. Today, Michael owns Spoonerville Animation Design (founded in 2002), an independent visual development studio, providing both traditional and CGI design concepts for clients such as, Big Idea, Inc., Pixar Studios, Blue Sky Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios.