clements was born on april 25th 1953 in Soix City , Iowa. when he was a teenager, he made a short film called The Shades of Sherlock Holmes . This idea would later translate into the disney animated film of The Great Mouse Detective. Out of highschool he worked at hannah barbara and worked on a few shows such as atom ant and magilla gorilla , both were shows in reruns that I enjoyed as a child . When an opening at disney arose he took it and has worked there ever since . He has worked on disney renesance classics such as Hercules, The Little Mermaid , and Aladdin. As of recently he has worked on Moana and The Princess and The Frog. He has also in cworking on moana collaborated with Broadway legend Lin-Manuel Miranda .