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Mark Walton, voice of ‘Rhino’ in Disney’s ‘Bolt’, to highlight BPC Visiting Writers series April 19-21

By Kelley M. Arnold

BPC Director of News & Public Information

Mark Walton, Rhino
"Rhino" and Mark Walton/

MOUNT VERNON—For those who have kids – or who are kids at heart – most will recognize the voice of Brewton-Parker College’s next visiting writer to appear on behalf of the college’s Division of Arts & Letters’ Visiting Writer’s Series next month.


Mark Walton, the voice talent of “Rhino” the hamster in Disney’s animated film, “Bolt” (2009), will visit the college April 19-21 to conduct individual student conferences and speak with film classes at the four-year Christian, liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Ga.


Walton, a childhood friend of BPC film studies professor, Gareth Jones, is a DreamWorks animation and storyboard artist, writer and actor. He previously worked with Walt Disney Feature Animation on “Tarzan” (1999), “Chicken Little” (2005), “Home on the Range” (2004), and “Meet the Robinsons” (2007).


“Anyone who knows Walton, knows he is much like the character he created (Rhino) – rambunctious, full of life,” said Jones. “We are very excited to host him during our Visiting Writer’s series.”


Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter, chair of the Division, said, “The Arts and Letters Division is excited and honored to host our distinguished visitor, and we are also profoundly grateful to our generous donors who made this possible.  We invite BPC and the surrounding community to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and learn from someone prestigious in the world of film production.” 


The three-day schedule for classes and conferences are as follows. Classes are open to all BPC students, faculty and staff. The individual writing conferences are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and students must sign up to participate and receive an “appointment” time.


A free public screening of “Bolt” Monday evening is open to the public and will be held and coordinated at the PAL Theatre in Vidalia.


To learn more about the Visiting Writer’s Series at Brewton-Parker College or Mark Walton’s visit, contact Prof. Gareth Jones at 912-583-3102 or email


Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college’s main campus is located in Mount Vernon in addition to an external learning center in Newnan.


Mark Walton Bio

Mark Walton is a story artist and voice actor.  He worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1999-2009 and currently works for DreamWorks Animation. Walton is best known for voicing Rhino the hamster in Bolt.  He graduated from Utah State University in 1998 with a degree in Art.

He started out at Disney Studios with Tarzan as an additional writer. Throughout the 2000s, he became a storyboard artist on Home on the Range, Chicken Little, and Meet the Robinsons. In 2004, he started his voice actor career on Home on the Range as Barry & Bob, the Longhorns. The next year, he was the voice of Goosey Loosey for the computer-animated film, Chicken Little. In 2008, he was the voice for Rhino the hamster in Bolt for which he was nominated for an Annie Award, and the short film spin-off Super Rhino

Future work includes Gnomeo and Juliet with a release date of 2011.

(Wikipedia and




Watch "Under the Arch", week of March 29.

Film Studies Professor, Gareth Jones talks about the upcoming Visiting Writer's Series and Mark Walton's visit. Includes "YouTube" clips of Walton.



Monday, April 19:

10 a.m. – Film History class (Gates Hall Auditorium)

11 a.m. – Film Appreciation class (Gates Hall Auditorium)

2-4 p.m. – Individual student conferences (Writing Center)

7 p.m. – Free public viewing of “Bolt” at the Pal Theatre. Walton will provide a pre-movie discussion and Q&A following the film.


Tuesday, April 20:

10 a.m.-noon – Individual student conferences (Writing Center)

3 p.m. – Film Aesthetics class (Gates Hall Auditorium)


Wednesday, April 21:

9:30 a.m. – BPC campus interview of Walton, conducted by Prof. Jones. BPC Community is invited to submit questions. BPC Film Society will film interview for later viewing and archival value.


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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM