Born and reared in Toronto, Canada, Duncan attended Sheridan College. After a short period working fora small locally-based animaiton studios (which ultimately) went out of business) Duncan decamped for Los Angeles, where he found work at Hanna-Barbera and Ruby Spears, and animated on Brad Bird’s Spielberg project American Dog.
Duncan recalls that working for Brad was a fine, uplifting experience, and it led to his jump to Disney a short while later, when Mr. B. told two fresh-faced feature directors named Ron Clements and John Musker about Duncan’s skill as an animator.
When he arrived at Disney, Duncan Marjoribanks hit his stride as an animator and character designer. Designing and supervising Sebastian the calypsonian crab, supervising Abu in “Aladdin,” then designing and supervising the villainous Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas highligted Duncan’s versatility with wildly different kinds of characters.
Mr. Marjoribanks continues to be a force in animation, working as both a CG and hand-drawn animator in the 21st century. Among more recent credits: Meet the Robinsons, Kung Fu Panda, and The Princess and the Frog.