Frans Vischer grew up in Holland, playing soccer and drawing cartoons on rainy afternoons. At the age of eleven his family immigrated to America, settling in Cupertino, Northern California.
Enthralled by the cartoons on American television, Frans was inspired to become an animator. When he was thirteen his family visited the Disney Studio, where Frans was encouraged to make his own animated films.
With a recommendation from legendary Warner Bros. cartoon director Chuck Jones, Frans was accepted at Cal Arts in Southern California, where he studied animation under Disney Studio veterans. Upon graduation in 1981 Frans went to work at the Walt Disney Company. Since then he’s worked on such films as the recent Academy award-winning “Paperman,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “The Princess and The Frog,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Road To El Dorado.”
In 1986 Frans married Jennifer Rylaarsdam. They have three kids, and live in Glendale, California, with a very fat cat and a lively puppy.
Still a soccer fan, Frans has coached his kids’ AYSO teams, plays soccer every Saturday, and avidly supports the U.S. Men’s National team and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Drawing and observing his kids gave Frans lots of ideas, which led him to write and illustrate, Jimmy Dabble, published by Dutton. The antics of their enormous cat prompted Frans to create Fuddles and its sequel, A Very Fuddles Christmas, both published by Simon & Schuster.