Ron Clements and John Musker
Ron Clements and John Musker

Legendary animators Ron Clements and John Musker headline Kapiʻolani Community College’s New Arts Lecture series at the Honolulu Museum of Art at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. Their appearance is spearheaded by Professor Sharon Sussman, in partnership with Kapiʻolani CC’s New Media Arts program and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Sussman said “I’m looking forward to seeing how this very special visit by these giants of the animation industry will inspire the Kapiʻolani CC New Media Arts students—the next generation of animation storytellers.”

Among Clementʻs and Muskerʻs collaborations are the Oscar-nominated Moana and Disneyʻs 2009 return to hand-drawn animation The Princess and the Frog.

Clements is a renowned storyteller and filmmaker at Walt Disney Animation Studios. With his longtime collaborator Musker, Clements has written and directed iconic feature films that have become part of Disney’s legacy. They include beloved classics like The Little Mermaid (1989) and Aladdin (1992).

Musker is a 40-year veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he was an animator, storyboard artist, writer, director and producer. He became an animator on The Fox and the Hound (1981), and later joined Clements to direct The Great Mouse Detective (1986) alongside Disney veterans Burny Mattinson and Dave Michener.

The duo’s credits also include 1997’s epic comedy Hercules and the intergalactic adventure Treasure Planet (2002).

Reserve free tickets at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The lecture is supported by the Honolulu Museum of Art, Wallis Foundation and Kapiʻolani Community College. For more information, contact Sharon Sussman at (808) 734-9382 or

Maui and Moana from Moana animated film