Get ready for some major animation news, Disney fans! Renowned filmmaker Don Hall, whose impressive Disney résumé includes directing hits like “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” and “Strange World,” is making a big move. Hall has signed a deal with Skydance Animation to create, develop, and produce an original animated feature. While details about his new project are still under wraps, this transition marks a significant shift in the animation landscape.

Starting his Disney journey in the late ’90s, Hall began as a story artist on beloved projects such as “Tarzan,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” and “Brother Bear.” He showcased his screenplay talents on “Meet the Robinsons” and served as artistic supervisor (story) on the charming “The Princess and the Frog.” Hall’s directorial debut came in 2011 with “Winnie the Pooh,” a delightful film that unfortunately went toe-to-toe with the final “Harry Potter” installment.

Hall didn’t stop there, teaming up with Chris Williams to direct the Academy Award-winning “Big Hero 6” in 2014. The dynamic duo continued their collaboration with “Moana” before Hall took on solo directing duties for back-to-back successes “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Strange World.” It’s nearly unheard of to churn out such high-caliber films in rapid succession, but Hall’s creativity and dedication made it possible.

At Skydance Animation, Hall joins a roster of talent that’s setting the bar high with upcoming releases. This includes “Spellbound” from “Shrek” director Vicky Jenson, featuring a script by Disney veteran Linda Woolverton and new music from Alan Menken, as well as Nathan Greno’s “Pookoo” and Brad Bird’s sci-fi noir “Ray Gunn.” With John Lasseter, the former Pixar and Disney executive, steering the ship, and animation outposts in Los Angeles, East Hartford, and Madrid, Skydance Animation is primed for blockbuster success.

What do you think about Don Hall’s move to Skydance Animation? Are you excited to see what new magic he’ll create? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to spread the word about this exciting news!