I worked on the original Lion King, so they brought me in to basically, er, help to style the look of the film, bring a feature quality to the project.

–Barry Atkinson, in an interview with ABC News

Barry Atkinson is a Background Painter for The Lion Guard.

Early Life

Barry Atkinson became interested in animation after working at his father's studio, Atkinson Film Arts. Disney and Chuck Jones were the source of his inspiration.


Barry Atkinson has worked for Disney long before The Lion Guard. It is worth noting that he also drew backgrounds for The Lion King in 1994, the movie which The Lion Guard is based off. In addition to these, he has also worked on The Land Before Time, Pocahontas and Big Hero 6 amongst various other movies and television shows. [1]



  1. IMDb