Thomas Walsh initially graduated from the European School of Classical Animation at Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin in 1994. He has worked professionally as a special effects artist for the Don Bluth Studio in Ireland and for the Walt Disney Studio in France, contributing to feature films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997) and Tarzan (1999). Following this practical animation experience, he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Cultural Studies from the Norwich School of Art and Design in 2002, and with a PhD from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 2009. He is currently researching and lecturing in animation at the Arts University Bournemouth.
He has published the following academic articles on animation; ‘Special Effects: The Zen of Animation’ in Paul Wells’ Fundamentals of Animation (2006) Lausanne: AVA Publishing, ‘Irish Animation and Radical Memory’ in Britta Olinder & Werner Huber (eds.) Place and Memory in the New Ireland (2009) Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, ‘The Secret of Kells: Ireland’s European Identity in Feature Animation’ in Contemporary Irish Cinema (2011) Werner Huber (ed.), Wilhelm Braumuller, Vienna, and ‘Animating Joyce: Tim Booth’s Ulys’ in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, (March 2012) Suzanne Buchan (ed.), Sage Publications, London.