Patty Peraza realized a love of creating artwork at an early age. To achieve her goal in high school she enrolled in all art classes and was the first in school to receive enrollment in an all male drafting class.
While attending the University of Delaware, she was on the Dean’s list as a graphic design major. She also learned about the Disney Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts, to where she applied and was accepted. Patty was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Disney family to attend the college. Her instructors were some of Disney Legends Jack Hannah, Ken O’Connor, Elmer Plummer, T Hee, and design expert Bill Moore.
Patty has the distinction of being the first female hired by the Walt Disney Studio from Cal Arts. Her first assignment was working on the motorcycles for the original motion picture Tron. She would work on various features and projects for EPCOT, which resulted in promotions to breakdown then assistant animator. Her first opportunity as an animator came on Mickey’s Christmas Carol, still being classified as an assistant animator she enjoyed animating cigar puffs for Pete, snow gusts, candle flame lighting by Jimminy and a much more. Patty worked along side top animators at the studio on the big push to get EPCOT ready for its opening. She single handedly handled special effect animation for Meet the World for Tokyo Disneyland. When Ron Miller viewed her animation of the earthquakes, eruptions, and storms creating Japan, he promoted to full animator. She became the first female effects animator at the Walt Disney Studios and at that time the only female animator in both the character and effects animation department.
She, animated on other full length features which included The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective. Disney management asked her to serve as project lead for newly proposed films based on the traditional story Beauty and the Beast, working closely with the likes of Don Hahn and Mel Shaw. Her other works include television commercials for Disney along with Glenn Keane. Patty’s other animated effects include live action features such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure an Warlock. She animated effects for Dale Baer Studio, Film Roman, and Warner Brothers.
While raising a family, Patty found time to work on numerous television and direct to video projects such as Ducktales, Talespin, Garfield, Tom & Jerry, Rover Dangerfield, and Proud Family. She currently creates “Art for the Park” with original creations sold at Disneyland Art Gallery and throughout the Disney company.